Have you ever been stung by a wasp? Lucky you if you haven’t. If you need a mental picture of what can happen if stung, go to Google images and type in wasp sting. Good grief! Some people have quite a reaction– it’s scary. This is the time of year that wasps are out building their nests and expanding their families. If left alone, these nests can turn into gigantic structures.
Nests can normally be found in holes in the ground or inside hollow trees, though they feel equally at home in sheds, wall cavities, eaves and roofs. Unusually large numbers of wasps around your home are an indicator of a wasp nest in close vicinity. You might also notice a nest that has been constructed around or in other fixtures.
Wasps can give painful sting, and unlike bees they can sting repeatedly. For a minority of people the venom in their sting causes anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.
Because the venom in wasps contains a pheromone that causes other wasps to become more aggressive, it’s not advisable to swat one near its nest or other wasps. A wasp uses its sting for killing prey, but it also uses it effectively for defending itself. The sting has associated glands which produce venom.
In late summer, the colony produces males and new queens. They fly away to mate and the queens then find a place to hibernate. The cold weather eventually kills the males, workers, and foundation queen.
Although wasps are fond of sweet things, they don’t have the nectar-sucking mouth parts of bees. Towards the end of the summer the workers turn their attention to sweet substances, which is why they become a nuisance to people at this time.
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