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10 Incredible Facts About Wasps

Wasps are one of nature’s most fascinating insects. Although they can cause a lot of problems for people when wasps become a pest, they are very resourceful and intriguing creatures. Just to give you a taster of some of their unbelievable abilities, here are our top 10 fun facts about wasps.

Fun Facts About Wasps You May Not Know

1. Wasps are phenomenal architects

The inside of their nests are filled with hexagonal cells, in which new wasps are gestated. What’s stunning about these cells, is that they are perfectly symmetrical and fit together precisely.

2. Their nests are made from a type of paper

At first glance, a wasps nest appears to be constructed from mud. However, this simply isn’t true. What wasps actually do is chew up pieces of wood. These are then stuck together to form the nest. What this means is that wasps nests are basically made from a type of paper.

3. Not all wasps are yellow and black

Think of a wasp and you probably imagine an insect with yellow and black stripes. But as it turns out, not all wasps look like this. In fact, these insects come in a variety of colours, from brown to blue, and even red.

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4. They are pest controllers

One of the most interesting facts about wasps is that they are used as a method of eco-friendly pest control. This is because wasps prey on a variety of other insects. These include things like spiders, caterpillars, aphids and beetles.

5. Wasp colonies have populations of thousands

Wasps nests vary in size. The smallest will have only a few hundred wasps, while the largest can have up to 10,000.

6. Wasps exist world wide

You can find. wasps in every single country in the world. The only place where they have never been sighted is Antarctica. When it comes to wasps, humans don’t just need pest control in London, they need it all across the globe.

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7. Wasps can sting more than once

Unlike bees, wasps do not die after stinging you. Their ability to sting multiple times is one of the most dangerous facts about wasps, and makes them particularly deadly to humans.

8. Wasps become more aggressive after stinging

There are several reasons why wasps become aggressive with humans. However, wasps venom contains pheromones that makes other wasps around them aggressive. This is why a swarm of angry wasps is extremely dangerous.

9. Wasps cannot survive winter

The reason why you never see wasps during winter is because they die. Only the queen survives, and hibernates until it’s warm again. Unfortunately, as many as 90% of queens are actually eaten by spiders, and some queens hibernate in houses.

10. They only live a few weeks

These insects have an extremely short lifespan. According to scientists, the average wasp survives only 14-24 days.

Sally

Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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