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.
Difference between Bees and Wasps
Many people confuse bees and wasps especially the yellow jacket wasp that resembles a bee. There are however distinct differences between the two otherwise related species of insect.
Appearance: Bees have wide, flat legs while wasps have round, waxy legs. Bees have a hairy body and legs while wasps have smooth legs and body. Bees have a rounded abdomen and thorax while the wasps’ thorax and abdomen is cylindrical.
Nesting: Bees make geometric hives out of wax while wasps create papery nests made from chewed wood. Some species of wasps build nests out of the mud. Wasps can either be solitary or social insects while bees are strictly social.
Diet: Wasps are predators and primarily feed on small insects while bees feed on pollen and nectar.
Aggression: Wasps attack with relatively little provocation while bees in comparison only tend to attack when disturbed. A wasp can also sting multiple times while a bee only stings once before it ides.
There are a few similarities between the two insects. For one, both are pollinators although bees do a much better job on account of having more body hair.
Keeping Wasps Away
The best strategy to protect your property from wasps is to deny them food and water. Cover your trash cans or keep them in the garage until collection day and remove all still water. Some plants such as spearmint, eucalyptus and thyme repel wasps so you may plant these in pots or in your garden.
Fix gaps and cervices near doors and windows, on walls and on the roof to make your home unattractive to the insects.
How to Remove a Wasp Nest
Your best option is to hire a professional wasp nest removal service in Toronto as soon as you spot the nest. Do not attempt to remove a wasp nest if you are allergic to stings or do not know for certain that you are not allergic.
Do not attempt to drown the nest in water, set it on fire or worse, hit it with a baseball bat or other object. These techniques will only agitate the wasps. They send distress calls and swarm to protect their nest. These stings are occasionally fatal especially for people who are allergic.
A professional wasp removal Toronto can guarantee that the wasp nest is removed safely. The technician also makes recommendations and repairs to ensure that the problem does not occur again in future. Some species of wasps such as the mad dauber rarely sting and an expert may decide that it is not worth removing the nest depending on its location. Remember that wasps are predators and maybe keeping the nuisance insect population under control. Ensure you get a warranty for professional wasp nest removal service.