Warmer weather and climate change in general make it easy for invasive species to find new places to go. When it comes to stinging insects, humans aren’t the only ones who have to worry. Honeybees in the U.K. are likely to be facing a threat from giant Asian hornets.
These hornets have been seen in Tetbury, Gloucestershire so far, and they’re expected to be in Warwickshire by summer. Giant Asian hornets aren’t as much of a problem for people as they are for honeybees. These hornets are known for preying on honeybees, which could significantly reduce their populations. A decrease in honeybee populations can take a toll on local crops.
Experts have been making the public in the U.K. aware of the threat of giant Asian hornets for this summer. The general public in Warwickshire has been given opportunities to learn more about these hornets, such as how to identify them. They also have a chance to learn what to do if they spot any.
People aren’t the only ones who have to watch out for wasps and their painful stings. These pests have also been known to go after honey bee hives in order to get at the honey inside. In fact, bee keepers have to take extra precautions to protect their hives from these aggressive wasps.
Some species of wasps, including yellow jackets, multiply their numbers in the fall when the queen mates and then finds a safe place to spend the winter. The workers of the colony continue to buzz around searching for food and maintaining their nest until they die off during a hard freeze. As food gets scarce, these wasps develop an attitude and get desperate enough to invade beehives.
Whether you’re a bee keeper or not, you don’t want to have these autumn wasps around your yard or home. They can be aggressive while looking for food, making them more likely to sting you. Since wasps can attack in numbers and sting more than once, it’s important to have Tom’s River pest control experts handle any infestations you have. They can do it safely, so you don’t have to worry about getting stung.
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Not all wasps are pests. Although we think of wasps as a nuisance, in many parts of the world and even in the US, wasps are actually quite good at controlling other pests. Sometimes, after their discovery, a new species is given a celebrity name.
Meet Conobregma bradpitti
This particular South African wasp was discovered by the University of Thailand. It is a type of wasp that becomes a parasite on harmful moth and butterfly larvae. They lay their eggs into the host, which then begins to harden and acts like a wasp cocoon. Fully grown wasps emerge and the cycle begins again. For the wasp family of insects, this one is a beneficial predator.
University researcher, Buntika A. Butcher, was allowed to name the wasp and she choose C bradpitti because of the long hours of research spent under a poster of … you guessed it … Brad Pitt.
It just goes to show you that being famous has its perks, even to the point of getting a wasp named after you. You’ve gotta love it!
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When you think of ants and wasps, like many people, you probably don’t see a connection. For years researchers didn’t see a connection either, until a study that was done in 2013 revealed that the two probably had more in common than anyone originally thought.
Through a long series of DNA testing and genetic sequencing, researchers at the University of California were able to pinpoint which of the hundreds of species of wasps and bees seemed to have the closest genetic makeup to the ant. They found that their closest relative was actually the mud dauber wasp.
Similarities of the Mud Dauber Wasp and Ants
The more scientists studied the two insects, the easier it was to find the connection. Many of their behaviors seemed to be very similar, including the way both insects will lay eggs within tubes of mud, and then capture prey to bring back to the new babies. Both insects grow and help their mother raise and protect new babies.
There are thousands of species of ants, and history has shown that they are capable of adapting to their surroundings. Ants have evolved considerably. Some of them can even fly.
As your New Jersey pest control specialist, we specialize in ant control as well as wasp control. We’ve done our homework when it comes to knowing how to rid your home and property of these types of pests. While it helps to know that ants and wasps are related, we also know that you simply want them gone. We can help you with that.
Wood decks are an excellent location for many species of wasps to establish a colony. During the springtime when wasps emerge from their overwintering spots, they often look for a suitable nesting location that is in close proximity. Decks that are built close to the ground are especially prone to wasp infestations due to the fact that they provide suitable shelter for new nesting spots. Decks, even if they are pressure treated, that are close to the ground also attract a variety of ant species.
Low lying decks make detecting wasp or ant infestations difficult as they are often too tight to the ground for humans to become close enough to fully eradicate the pesky creatures. Some types of wasps will build small nests on the underside of decks and will live a solitary life. Wasps such as mud daubers and paper wasps do not pose much of a problem for humans as they are rarely aggressive. Paper wasps do not become aggressive unless their nest is built next to a doorway and they are continuously disturbed. Mud daubers are never aggressive and will not defend their nest.
Yellow jacket wasps will take advantage of a low lying deck and build their nest underneath in a well-protected area. As the summer months move forward, the nest will swell to greater capacity. Yellow jackets are considered to be aggressive wasps. Yellow jackets will not hesitate to signal other yellow jackets in the colony to defend the nest if they feel threatened.
Hornets will build large paper like nests that are usually found in trees. The nests are closed except for an entrance/exit hole at the bottom. Hornets are the largest in the wasp family and are known for being aggressive. These pests have a varied diet of leaves and sap, and will also hunt bees, flies, and insects. While they can be considered beneficial because they kill unwanted insects, when they build their nest too close to human structures or areas of activity, they become a serious threat. Hornet nests are extremely dangerous to deal with as they typically have hundreds of members living within the nest.
Most yellow jacket nests can be found underground in an abandoned rodent nest but on occasion they can be found suspended from a branch. They are also known to take up residence in a wall void or cavity. Yellow jackets seek out both sweets and meat and become more aggressive as the summer months pass and food supplies diminish. Yellow jackets are known for their aggressive behavior when any person or animal happens upon their nest. It is not uncommon for one threatened yellow jacket to call in an army of yellow jackets causing a full-scale sting fest for anyone invading their space.
Many people suffer adverse reactions to the stings from wasps. Monmouth County, NJ exterminators recommend that professional help be sought when these invasive pests are found at any home or business. An experienced exterminator will be able to find the problem nest and safely remove it to eliminate the threat of stings for family members and guests.