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Why Do Wasps Get Aggressive With Us?

Sometimes, wasps get aggressive and they can seriously harm people. Unfortunately, we routinely hear stories of homeowners who were hospitalised due to wasp attacks. The reason why this happens is because wasps can be some of the UK’s angriest pests. But why does this happen, and how can you avoid being a victim of wasp attacks?

Reasons that wasps get aggressive and attack

The main reason why wasps get aggressive is because they are territorial, and therefore act to protect their nest from any perceived threat. While most pests do everything to avoid humans, wasps are the complete opposite. These pests see the area around the wasp nest as belonging to them. This means they are capable of attacking anyone who comes into their area.

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It’s often this protective instinct that makes wasps seem to attack randomly. This generally happens when a person enters an area to have a summer picnic for example, and does not know there is a nest present. If someone gets too close without realising, the wasps get aggressive. They exit the nest and may even start to swarm around the intruder. These wasps work as a team to defend their home (and their queen) from any potential threat.

What should you do if wasps become aggressive?

So, what should you do if this does happen to you? To start with, do not attempt to swat the wasps or engage with them in any way. Wasps move quickly and will sting anyone who swats at them. You basically want to avoid aggravating them in anyway. The only thing you can do is to run away as fast as possible.

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Doing this will hopefully help you avoid stings. Not only do stings hurt like hell but they can actually be serious. This is because many people are allergic to wasp stings, and only discover this once they are stung. You can easily go into anaphylactic shock and end up in the hospital or worse. Remember, wasps can turn at the drop of a hat. Do not take risks with these pests or put your health at risk.

Also avoid attacking their nest or trying to remove it yourself. Because wasps are so aggressive, London wasp control should always be left to a professional. If you discover a nest on or near your property, the best course of action is to keep your family away from the area. The next thing you should do is call an exterminator. Professionals like Diamond have the knowledge, expertise and equipment needed to deal safely with these pests. Pick up the phone and call us immediately for a fast response.


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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