A common myth is leaving out a dead wasp will repel other wasps. Many professional consider this idea an old wives’ tale. Wasps do not show any changes in their behaviour when surrounded or interacting with dead members of their species, even from their own colony.
Be careful about killing or squishing wasps. These insects send out a pheromone signalling danger once they detect a threat. Rather than alert other members of the colony to run away, the pheromone instead attracts others to investigate the cause of the distress. Killing a wasp or wasps is a good way to attract and get attacked by a swarm if the nest is nearby. (more…)
Social wasps live in colonies or nests and are notorious for stinging especially if disturbed. The other species of wasp is solitary and is far more docile but will sting if handled. Destroying a wasp nest may seem like the logical thing to do if you have one on your property. There are a few reasons to avoid this course of action and instead call a professional wasp removal Toronto to get rid of the problem for you. (more…)
Wasps are carnivorous insects but they too have predators including larger insects, amphibians, reptiles and birds. There are a number of birds that will eat wasps given the chance while other species appear to have an affinity for wasp or wasp larvae will specifically seek out nests to feed.
Examples of birds that eat wasps include chipping sparrows, gray catbirds, warblers, orioles, bluebirds, chickadees, blackbirds, starlings, wrens and nighthawks. Most birds are insect eaters so this is not an exhaustive list.
Given that birds prey on wasps, one may wonder whether the birds don’t get stung or aren’t affected by wasp venom. Like most other creatures, birds aren’t necessarily impervious to stings and employ interesting measures to feed on wasps.
Most birds go after solitary wasps such as the mud dauber. Solitary wasps tend to be more docile and rarely sting. These types also rarely defend their nests so birds have free reign to enjoy wasp larvae. The birds are also less likely to be stung by a swarm of wasps which is likely the case when attacking social wasp nest.
Others birds such as the tanager graze the wasp against a tree bark which breaks the insect’s stinger. Honey buzzards love grubs found in the nest and stick their head into the nest with no apparent problem. These birds have defences against wasp stings including dense facial feathers and a sedative chemical that they secrete from the feathers to disorient the wasps and turn them docile.
Some birds are simply willing to withstand multiple stings to get to the wasp larvae or to feed on the insects. (more…)
It is prudent to point out that a ‘bee wasp’ is not a correct term because ‘bee’ and ‘wasp’ are two different types of insects, also different from the hornet. Here, therefore, are three distinct types of stinging insects; bees, wasps and hornets.
All three are classified under the insect order Hymenoptera because they have biting mouthparts. Although closely related, there are distinct differences between the three. (more…)
Wasp season begins around spring when the queen finally comes out of hibernation to start her new nest. Wasp activity peaks in the summer which is when most people like to enjoy the outdoors. A nasty encounter with wasps during this time is highly likely if not inevitable. Most species of wasp can be aggressive especially if threatened or if the nest is disturbed. It is best to stay away from the wasp nest if you can help it and let a professional wasp removal Toronto do the difficult job of removing it safely. (more…)
Some species of wasp make nests out of the mud. These are commonly referred to as mud daubers and are generally not aggressive unless provoked or handled. Common species include the blue mud dauber, the organ pipe mud dauber and the black and yellow mud dauber.
Mud daubers are not social wasps and are in fact solitary. This means that they do not live in a colony and create the mud nests to store their eggs. They prefer to build their nests in hidden and undisturbed places such as porch ceiling, under eaves, in barns and sheds, attics and on exterior walls. The appearance of the nest may depend on the specific species of mad dauber that built it. Call your local wasp removal services if you need help dealing with wasps. (more…)
There are more than 30,000 species of wasps so the right answer to the question is how wasps reproduce is – it depends. There are two main categories of wasps in Canada, social wasps and solitary wasps. Exactly how they reproduce largely depends on where they fall in these two groups. Different species of social wasps, for example, display similar behaviour including in reproduction, and the same goes for solitary wasps. (more…)
Many people have been surprised to find wasps nesting in the car in Toronto, usually behind the rear lights, in the trunk of the car, grille, inside side mirrors, in the front headlights or in the door. This is especially common if you haven’t used your car for a while.
It is however not uncommon for the wasps to nest in a freshly cleaned car or a car that was running just a few hours previously.
Many times though, the wasps are simply picking off dead insects from the grill and will be on their way soon. Make sure that you get the problem taken care of before driving your car, preferably by a professional wasp removal Toronto company. (more…)
Wasps are seasonal insects. They begin their life in early spring when the queen lays her eggs. They peak around summer and the hive dies off by winter except for the queens who hibernate to start the process over again the next year.
The question is whether they will return to the same location is a complicated one. Technically speaking, wasps do not return to the same location every year. This is because they do not reuse old nests. The wasps only use their nests once in a lifetime so if you can wait them out, there is a good chance that your problem is over permanently.
Things are however not always this straightforward. The wasps built the nest in your yard or home because it is an ideal location. A different queen may think the same thing and invade another area close by that is equally as desirable. Although wasps do not occupy empty nests, they may recycle the material from the old nest to build a new one close by.
If you notice wasps coming back to your property every season, it means that your yard or home is ideal for nesting. It might be that your roof is exposed to the sun throughout the day (wasps like warm nesting sites) or there are gaps and services that let the insects in. There might also be an abundance of nest building material such as garden sheds, trees and fence panels. Finally, it might be that there is an abundance of food and water on your property. (more…)
Although wasps may occasionally feed on nectar, they do not turn it into honey. Wasps are carnivorous and primarily feed on small insects and larvae which they also feed to their young. Wasps will eat bees given the chance and may raid their nest for honey. The wasps may also eat plants, fruits and fruit juices although these are typically not stapled but rather more of a preference for the energy boost they provide. Wasps do not store anything inside their nests except for wasp larvae. (more…)