Pest Advice for your Garden this summer
The Pest advice this summer is vital, everything that buzzes around your garden has the potential to be a pollinator. These incredible insects are useful; not only in the garden, but also in agriculture, with many farmers crops depending on them year in year out.
There are thousands of species of buzzing insects, and the majority are not classed as a pest as you might think. And seeing headlines such as “murder hornet” you’re almost definitely not going to see one in your back garden.
Some wasps and hornets can be a public health risk if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time this guide below helps you identify if your buzzing visitors are a pest or wether you should call in the professionals.
Pest Advice – Wasps
Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Common wasps generally have an ‘anchor’
shaped black marking on the
front of their face.
German Wasp (Vespula Germanic)
German wasps have either an incomplete version
of this or three distinctive black dots
Both species are social and have a single queen who produces 3,000 to 8,000 workers. They make football sized-nests in the ground or in roofs and trees, which they abandon after the summer and dont return to the following year.
Wasps will usually only attack a person if they feel threatened and may call for back up! Wasps can emit a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy. Wasp stings are at best painful, and at worst fatal, they can send you into anaphylaxis. Wasps should only be treated if they pose a risk to the public health and safety.
If you have any problems with our buzzing friends and foes get in touch.
For more info on buzzing check out this handy guide here