Frequently asked questions
A:Wasps and bees both belong to the insect order Hymenoptera. It is thought then bees have descended from the wasp!
A: Despite their bad reputation wasps are actually helpful pollinators and good pest controllers when it comes to ‘crop pests’! One species of wasp is even good at controlling cockroaches, the jewel wasp lays an egg in the belly of a cockroach and the larvae eats the cockroach from the inside out! This eventually kills them but also prevents them from breeding.
A:The main difference between bees and wasps is that wasps are carnivorous. They feed on insects and even food other insect larvae to their offspring and this is not the case with bees.
A: This much depends on the species of wasp, however, the most common places a wasp nest can be found include; Trees, facias, eaves, sheds, lofts, and in the ground. Some wasps will even build their nest in a compost heap!
A:A wasp nest will usually only last one season, the queen will then leave to find somewhere to hibernate and the rest of the colony will die off. So, by late autumn early wintertime the wasp nest will no longer be active. It is not common for wasps to return to the same nest however other insects may decide to make use of it.
A:It is estimated that a queen can live as long as 12 months as she hibernates during the winter in order to establish a new colony the following spring/summer. It is thought that worker wasps live for around 12 – 22 days and male wasps have even shorter lives.
A:Queens will hibernate alone. They will look for anywhere sheltered where she will be protected from the elements. Places such as sheds, walls, lofts, trees and crevices tend to be favourites.
A:The common wasp and German wasps can become aggressive when they feel threatened, also towards the end of the season when the colony is significantly larger and there is more competition for food and space. This is when wasps are likely to be cranky and sting with little provocation. If you are concerned about a wasp nest near your property, then you should contact a local pest controller to come and assess the nest and then safely remove it.