Wasps are almost universally despised by homeowners because they can give painful stings, and they build unsightly nests around homes. Wasps, however, are not all bad. They provide many important services that help humans. With proper wasp control measures in place, wasps can be beneficial. Let’s examine some of their good contributions, some of the problems they cause, and what can be done to keep your home and family safe.
Benefits from Wasps
Like bees, wasps are important pollinators that help fruits, vegetables, and other food to grow. Without these pollinators, humans would face major food shortages. Bees are the most important pollinators in the world, so there have been many efforts to help protect them. Wasps are also important pollinators, but because their bodies are not hairy like bees, they are slightly less effective.
Another benefit of wasps is that they help to control other insects. Wasps are excellent predators and will help keep gardens and crops healthy. Wasps eat many types of nuisance insects like mosquitoes, spiders, caterpillars, and white flies. Some studies suggest that a small wasp colony can eat up to 3,000 insects every day. Without wasps, there would be a lot more bothersome bugs around.
Problems Caused by Wasps
Both bees and wasps sting, but most people have a much more negative attitude towards wasps because they are more aggressive than bees. Wasps are quicker to sting and can do it multiple times. An entire wasp nest may be alerted to danger and decide to attack. This can be an extremely dangerous situation for an unsuspecting victim, especially someone allergic to wasp venom.
Proximity to Humans
Another major problem with wasps is that they tend to build their nests and search for food around homes. In comparison, honey bees typically mind their own business and avoid humans as they search for food. During a wasp’s early life, they like to eat things that contain a lot of protein. They will mostly eat insects, but may also hover around trash cans. As they mature and late summer and fall approaches, wasps are much more attracted to sugars and other carbohydrates. Sugary drinks and human food will have wasps swarming around your home and outdoor parties.
Wasps also build their homes in close proximity to humans. Common places where you may see a wasp nest include: porches, garages, sheds, decks, and under the eaves of homes. Once again, when large numbers of wasps are near humans, chances for conflict are high.
Wasps are valuable and important creatures, but we must control them around our homes to prevent painful stings and potentially dangerous situations. With the help of Harris home pest control products, you can take care of the pests around your home without spending the big bucks to have a professional do it for you. Harris Wasp and Hornet Killer (non conductive spray) is an excellent choice for wasps that have built nests around your home. By following the directions carefully, you can quickly and effectively get rid of the dangerous wasps around your home.
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