Why are wasps so aggressive now?

Why are wasps so aggressive now?

The animals now change their foraging in late summer. Protects proper behavior in the garden and at the breakfast table.


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Are there really more hornets than in other years?
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Have you also noticed more wasps wanting for ice cream, cake and drinks? And when confronted, they stab. An overview of why hornets are so aggressive now – and what we can do to live in peaceful and pain-free harmony:

Why are there suddenly more wasps now?

First of all, it is very simple: in the summer, the nest has reached its maximum extent. So now there are more animals that we are aware of. In addition, their search for food is changing. Until late summer, the main focus in the nest was on raising offspring, for which the animals need protein. Then, when the brood is independent, the animals fly in search of feed – this is mainly sugar. So the cake is on the balcony table, the ice cream is in the hands of the children and so on.

Are wasps more aggressive now?

No. According to the State Association for the Protection of Birds in Bavaria, they are not aggressive outside the area around their nests. They only cheat when they feel attacked. But we humans get that feeling up very quickly. For example, with a common defensive measure, which has exactly the opposite effect: it concerns blowing on animals. Carbon dioxide puts them in an aggressive mood. The same thing happens when we hit them or corner them. According to the German Nature Conservation Union (NABU), human cold sweat can lead to animal attacks.

How do I behave correctly when hornets buzz?

Easier said than done, of course, to suppress your fear. But it might be helpful to realize that animals are also afraid of us. So the best course of action is to remain calm when wasps buzz around you. Don’t move crazy. It helps to find where the animal wants to fly. The Bird Conservation Society advises not to change the main direction of the flight anymore. And if the number of wasps is out of reach at the barbecue or when eating cake or ice cream: Spray water with a mist. Then the animals withdraw to their nest because they think it is raining.

What can I do to prevent insects from coming towards me?

It is better not to offer them anything tempting. So it’s best to cover the juice and food cups and put them back in the house right after eating. And wipe the mouths of children immediately after drinking and eating. Experts also advise avoiding perfume, as the smell also attracts wasps. By the way, this also applies to floral patterns on clothes. If a fruit falls in your garden, you must remove it. By the way, you can also do something good for wasps here without getting hurt yourself: if you put the fallen fruit in a separate place that is not used much, the wasps can cover their energy needs with sweet fruit juice, and people do not have. Worry about a wasp attack on the ground. This form of distraction feeding can also help with moody walks in the garden with delicious food. In an experiment for “Jugend forscht,” schoolgirls discovered that overripe grapes were best suited for this purpose, reports Naboo. If you place the fruit five to ten meters away, the wasps are more likely to be attracted there than at the dining table or buffet.

I don’t want nests in the house. what can I do?

Wasps are protected by the Federal Nature Conservation Act, and some species such as hornets are under special protection. The following applies to all of them: they should not be deliberately disturbed, captured, injured or killed, and their nests should not be removed in this way. If you want to remove a wasp’s nest from your home, you need a permit. Usually nature conservation authorities are responsible, but sometimes it is also the district office or city administration. Pest advisors help as the first point of contact. But there is good news: you can wait a little longer. Soon, the entire colony gradually leaves the burrow and almost all animals die. According to the Federal Environment Agency, abandoned nests are no longer inhabited. Most species of wasps have already disappeared by the end of August, and food-loving wasps can still be seen in the fall. (dpa)

Wasp, bee, sky: a little entomology

wasps It’s easy to recognize – by the well-known wasp’s waist. There is a kind of incision between the middle part of the body and the abdomen. Then of course there is the typical black and yellow color.

There are eight species native to Germany. But we will notice only two in our food: the German hornet can be recognized by a yellow spot with three black dots between its eyes.

The common hornet, also known as the common hornet, has an anchor-shaped spot at this point.

The hornet He is kind of a wasp, but you can still be comfortable with him. According to the LBV, wasps are essentially peaceful animals that run away rather than attack us. In addition to the yellow and black stripe pattern, they have reddish-brown areas on the head and in the middle of the body and are much larger than other wasps.

Bee’s honey She has a brown belly and in addition to the striped dress, she is more round and hairy. And if they are stung, they lose their sting, and wasps do not.

bumblebee It belongs to the bee family, so it can also sting. Relatively thick bells have more fur than other bees. And it looks warm when its edges are tugged. They are not interested in food but are looking for nectar.

hovercraft They are outwardly wasps – and they are completely harmless. They can’t even sting. Her black and yellow dress is pure camouflage. Adult animals feed on nectar and pollen. The best way to identify them is by flight: they can fly through the air like hummingbirds and then jump forward or backward in a flash. And anyone who manages to look at them closely while standing, will realize that hovercraft, like species of flies, have only two fully developed wings – bees and wasps have four. (dpa)

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