Wasps: The Good and the Bad

When it comes to stinging insects like bees and wasps, wasps seem to have gotten the short end of the stick. While the world has united to try to save the bees, wasps have gotten a bad reputation, but is it deserved? Let’s take a closer look at some of the good things about wasps, as well as the bad.

The Good

You might find it hard to believe that there is anything good about wasps, but those pesky insects that bother your picnics, nest under your eaves, and cause nasty stings are actually extremely important. 


Wasps are excellent at maintaining and controlling harmful insect populations. They are predators of insects like caterpillars, mosquitoes, spiders, and white flies. Without wasps, these insects would destroy vegetation and cause major difficulties for humans and the ecosystem. One study suggests that one small colony of wasps may eat as many as 3,000 insects every day.


Wasps are also very important pollinators. It is true that bees are more effective pollinators because of their hairy bodies, but wasps are still able to pollinate a large amount of flowers and food crops.


The Bad

If wasps do so many great things, why do humans seem to hate them so much more than bees? The answer can be found in some of the behavioral differences in wasps and bees. Wasps are often more dangerous and more of a nuisance because of these differences. 

Their Diet

Honey bees typically do not cause as many problems because they tend to avoid humans, and instead just go about their business of finding pollen. Wasps, on the other hand, are much more interested in human food. During their early life stages, they search out sources of protein. This often means finding insects to eat, but they may also frequent rubbish bins in search of protein. As they age and mature, wasps begin searching for sugar and carbohydrates. Many an outdoor party has been interrupted by wasps buzzing around food and drinks. 


The other big factor that makes wasps more despised is the fact that they are typically more aggressive. If you start bothering a wasp nest, they will not hesitate to come after you. The whole nest of wasps may be alerted to the danger, and they can each sting multiple times, which makes for a dangerous situation. Wasp nests also tend to be closer to humans. Some of their favorite places to build include: porches, decks, sheds, garages, trees, and under the eaves of homes. 


Wasp Control Sunshine Coast

So, it turns out that wasps aren’t all bad. In fact, they are a very important part of the ecosystem. Unfortunately, their frequent interactions with humans make them more likely to be pests. Wasp nests in areas away from businesses, pets, and children are fine, but when they build in areas where they present a nuisance or safety concern, they must be dealt with. The professionals at Radar Pest Control are trained to be able to eliminate and remove wasps and their nests safely and effectively. From Brisbane to Bli Bli and Nambour to Buderim, you won’t find better service. Contact Radar Pest Control today for all your Sunshine Coast pest control needs. 

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