With summer in full flight, so too are all the pests and insects ruining your time outdoors. It’s peak pest season, which means you’re likely dodging annoying insects while looking for sun.
When you think ‘wasps’, you think about the menacing garden pests that do a wonderful job at making you feel uneasy. Their buzzing does little to help you feel comfortable, and once you hear it, it seems as though you can’t get rid of it. Not to mention their ferocious sting! Wasps build nests in backyards, and seem to always find time for cameo appearances as the unwanted guests at barbeques.
Some people – okay, the vast majority – hate wasps and hornets, and it’s all thanks to their reputation as reckless stingers. But there’s a lot more to the common yellow jacket, paper wasp, and bald faced hornet than their aggressive nature and piercing stingers – and by that we mean there’s so much more to hate.
Now that summer’s here, it’s time to trade in those skis for shades, and enjoy the warm weather.
But summer isn’t always sunshine and rainbows, thanks to other pests that relish the season, too. No, we’re not talking about your neighbours, but a different kind of ‘buzz kill’.
The topic of honey bees is a buzz in the news due to the extinction epidemic they face. With rapidly declining populations attributed to various factors – Colony Collapse Disorder, pesticides, shrinking habitats, and the Varroa mite – these architects of agriculture could soon be on the endangered species list.
Perhaps nature’s most recognized symbiotic relationship is the bond between remora fish and sharks.
Not familiar with this dynamic duo? Well, let’s start off by quickly defining a symbiotic relationship, which is a special connection between two or more animals that mutually benefit from that relationship.
With a warmer than usual winter in Ontario this year, no one will be surprised to see an early spring with beautiful shrubs blooming and gardens sprouting fresh, new buds early.
As you celebrate an early spring, don’t forget that your pretty blooms will activate bees and wasps early too. With extra pollen available, our little outdoor friends will start reproducing as soon as they get a whiff. They’ll also be able to reproduce in larger numbers in the coming season due to having more time. With the summer season almost upon us, many are bracing for the onslaught of more stinging insects around the house and garden this year.
If you have to deal with a bee removal or wasp removal this season, consider the following tips:
Spring is coming! Ahh, the flowers, the trees and . . . drat . . . those annoying wasps will probably be back again. The queen wasp will come out of hibernation and start her wasp nest and colony with the warmer weather. She can lay a huge number of eggs every day and build a colony of thousands in a very short time.
Knowing this, you may be on the lookout for the beginnings of a wasp nest. But if left undetected, a wasp nest could become visible only when it has grown to an enormous size with an established colony. Once discovered, homeowners are sometimes shocked. They might not think to call a pest control company, and instead, attempt a wasp removal themselves only to be stung in the process.
Certainly, anyone with allergies to stinging insects will want to have a wasp extermination done by a professional pest control company. But in some cases, it might be a good idea to leave the nest alone and have no problem at all.
You might consider this option in the following circumstances:
Wasps can ruin a beautiful summer day but they can also be deadly. While ants finding your patio dinner is a nuisance, wasps are a much more serious problem, particularly for those who are allergic to their sting.
It’s a perfect day. You’re enjoying yourself in the yard, humming a little tune while gardening. Then you realize that humming is turning into a chorus of bees and wasps around your head. Your dog snaps at one and your children run away afraid of being stung. Annoying? Yes. But if there are only a few, consider how bees and wasps assist you in the garden.