Showing posts from May, 2014

Why Do Wasps Chase You?

Why Do Wasps Chase You?Wasps chase you - only if they can see you! Most people have a healthy respect for wasps, and this is no surprise.

Growing up we can all remember being buzzed, chased and even stung by these distinctive little insects, but why do they chase us?

Superficially it's easy to imagine that these are unhappy or highly aggressive insects, but this is a far cry from the truth, and we must try to be evidence-based.

What Wasps Will Chase Us?
Wasps of the family Vespidae are also termed "paper wasps" because they build nests from materials that consist predominantly of paper pulp and similar fibres.

Wasps nests constructed by European Vespids range in size from the size of a golf ball to the size of a small car. Wasp nests have populations from dozens to tens of thousands, and yes, they can kill you!

Many giant nests are not the result of a single queen but the merging of nests built close together. This behaviour rubs against the grain of devices designed to repel w…

The UK's Super Bumble Bee?

The European Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum)Dangerous Bumble Bees? No Kidding, They Deserve Your Respect.

Over the last few years, we have started to see the emergence of a new national pest, and it might surprise you to discover it's a Bumble Bee called The European Tree Bumble Bee - Bombus hypnorum.
These bees have managed to acquire a rather unique territory generally the hang out of savvy grey squirrels - our lofts and attics.
What we have discovered with tree bumblebees is a rather smart behaviour not seen in any other species we encounter. They like underfloor heating and loft insulation.
As the name suggests, these bees are typically found high up in the hollows of trees, but in the city, our homes are even more accommodating.
Once the disc-shaped nest has been established by the queen directly on top of the ceiling, and under the loft insulation, they create a dome of processed insulation that resembles cotton wool.
To make the loose insulation roof more stable, they cover it …