Everywhere you look at the moment, there are campaigns to ‘save the bees’, hashtags to #savesthebees and even homemade honey tinctures to ‘save the bees’. It would appear that bees have all the limelight, and what we don’t hear about is the benefits of wasps to our ecosystem and economy.
It cannot be denied that bees contribute over £83 billion a year to the global economy, but what about the wasp? Is it really just a useless pest that doesn’t contribute anything positive to our lives?
The answer is no.
Wasps as a Natural Source of Pest Control
Maybe we shouldn’t be advertising this at Top Dog Pest Control but wasps are actually a form of natural pest control, and without them the world would be overridden with certain forms of insects, including spiders, centipedes and mites.
Wasps are of particular assistance to the food industry, as they also control pests such as caterpillars, aphids and whiteflies and lessen the need for toxic pest control pesticides.
Wasps as a Natural Pollinator
After the advantages of their pest control benefits comes their ability as natural pollinators.
As wasps fly round, going from flower to flower, they carry pollen with them, naturally pollinating as they go. However there are a some species of plants or trees that solely rely on the existence of wasps to survive. For example:
- The fig tree goes back over 60 million years thanks to the fig wasp, which pollinates the flowers that then produce the fruit. Figs are a key food source to approximately 1,300 bird and mammal species, which without the fruit, would cease to exist.
Orchids give off the appearance and chemical make up of a female wasp, which in turn attracts male wasps. As they pass by, they inadvertently collect pollen and then transfer it onto the next flower. Again, without wasps, these orchids would be extinct.
Wasp Nests Guilty of Creating a False Impression
Wasps nests are guilty of creating the false impression of all wasps living in huge numbers, when in fact the vast amount of wasp species are solitary dwellers.
The dreaded discovery of a wasp nest in or around your London property sends the majority of people running to Google to find local London pest control services. However, what is not made known is that the thousands of wasps that a well-populated wasp nest can contain, is actually of huge benefit to the ecosystem and the economy due to the roles of wasps as natural pest controllers and pollinators.
Wasps: Live and Let Live?
So, do we just live and let live when it comes to wasps as well as bees? If we are encouraged to leave bee nest undisturbed in order for them to thrive, should we do the same for wasps? Well, it is not quite as simple as that and Top Dog Pest Control explains why.
The main difference here is that despite their multifunctional benefits to the ecosystem and the economy, wasps remain an aggressive insect and are much more likely to attack than bees.
Therefore, although we wanted to give wasps their moment in the limelight and make people aware that they are not merely a nuisance, Top Dog Pest Control stands by its usual advise when you find you are in need of wasps nest removal services at your London property:
NEVER attempt to destroy a wasp nest yourself. You risk angering the wasps and them attacking.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog London Pest Control provides London wasp control & wasp nest removal services.