It is fair to say that Wasps have few admirers. Over the summer months a Wasps nest may have several thousand within its colony.
With several different varieties of Wasps in the UK, their behaviour can differ from nest to nest, but all can be very aggressive if approached.
Wasps stings are never forgotten by those who have been unfortunate to have been stung, and can be fatal to people who suffer from anaphylactic shock.
Axholme Pest Control have treated hundreds of Wasps nests over many years in lofts, roofs, garages, sheds and in gardens to name a few.
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A wasp is any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor an ant. The Apocrita have a common evolutionary ancestor and form a clade; wasps as a group do not form a clade, but are paraphyletic with respect to bees and ants.
The most commonly known wasps, such as yellowjackets and hornets, are in the family Vespidae and are eusocial, living together in a nest with an egg-laying queen and non-reproducing workers. Eusociality is favoured by the unusual haplodiploid system of sex determination in Hymenoptera, as it makes sisters exceptionally closely related to each other. However, the majority of wasp species are solitary, with each adult female living and breeding independently.
Some waps are predators or pollinators, whether to feed themselves or to provision their nests. Many, notably the cuckoo wasps, are kleptoparasites, laying eggs in the nests of other wasps. Many of the solitary wasps are parasitoidal, meaning they lay eggs on or in other insects (any life stage from egg to adult) and often provision their own nests with such hosts.
Unlike true parasites, the wasp larvae eventually kill their hosts. Solitary wasps parasitize almost every pest insect, making wasps valuable in horticulture for biological pest control of species such as whitefly in tomatoes and other crops.