How To Make Your London Home and Garden Less Attractive To Wasps And Hornets This Summer
Keeping your beautiful London garden a safe place to spend time with friends and family, free of wasps and hornets, doesn’t just happen by itself. It takes thought and action to make your garden less attractive to wasps and hornets, but trust us when we say that taking the time now to minimize the number of these pests on your property later is worth the effort.
The Most Common Types Of Wasps And Hornets In The United Kingdom
The cute and furry honey bees are well-known hard workers, living in large hives made of wax honeycombs. In the wild honey bees usually build their nest in hollow trees. They live in large colonies with one queen, many sterile female workers, and some male drones. Honey bees are similar in size to wasps but they are furrier and mostly black in color. An interesting fact about the honey bees is that their colony size can often be greater than 30,000 individual honey bees. In fact, many times honey bees are mistaken for wasps (though, unlike wasps, honey bees will not attack you unprovoked).
Often there is confusion about the difference between Bumblebees and honey bees. Bumblebees are furrier and bigger in size than honey bees. Also, bumblebee species have darker wings. If you’re able to see a bee at a close and also safe distance, all of these physical differences should make it easier for you to tell if it's a bumblebee or honey bee.
Common Wasp and German Wasp
These are the two most commonly found wasp species in the United Kingdom and the ones responsible for causing painful wasp stings.
European hornets are considered beneficial insects since they usually prey on damaging insects. The European hornet is regarded as a pest by those humans who come into close contact with it. As a matter of fact, the European hornet stings in response to being stepped on or grabbed, but most of the time they will avoid conflict. These honest also are aggressively protecting the nest and can be aggressive around food sources. Keep in mind, extra care should be taken when they are found in these circumstances, as they may sting without warning.