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How are wasps and hornets identified?
The most common wasp, or “Vespula Vulgaris” is a hymenopteran. The wasp, bright yellow and with black stripes, measures between 11 and 18 mm and has an abdomen which is very different from its thorax. Hornets are also part of the wasp family!
The European hornet can grow to a size of 35 mm. Its body is hairier than a wasp’s and its head is orangey. The Asian hornet, the most invasive species, is black and smaller.
How do wasps and hornets spread?
Wasps and hornets establish annual colonies around a nest. Impregnated queens make a nest surrounded by a protective cover which can contain several thousand wasps and hornets over a number of months.
Where do wasps and hornets hide?
Wasps and hornets are difficult to eliminate as they take shelter in thick trees, behind shutters or hide in letterboxes. Hornets build a bowl-shaped nest and wasps make wasp nests from mud or a mixture of wood fibres and saliva.
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Did you know?
Wasps and hornets mainly feed on insects, fruit and sugar.
Contrary to conventional wisdom,
the sting of the hornet is no more dangerous than a wasp sting, unless you suffer from allergies. Reactions can be more or less severe depending on the individual. On the other hand, these insects damage food products and are a pest, especially in the summer where they are at their most active. Moreover, the Asian hornet, the most invasive of the hornet species, attacks bees which are a key pollinator in our ecosystem.
How can the presence of wasps and hornets be prevented?
As regards the colonisation risks of wasps and hornets, prevention is better than cure. These insects naturally regulate the environment. With that in mind, you should consider covering your food and drying any areas of stagnant water which they use to drink. Watch out for waste! Wasps and hornets are particularly fond of rubbish bins, compost and fruit. You risk attracting them.
How should wasps and hornets be dealt with?
Call our disinsection company which specialises in the control of wasps and hornets. We locate wasp and hornet nests at height and destroy them through spraying, misting or dusting techniques. We also oversee the treatment of your roofs to make sure that no further colonisation occurs.
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