Do wasps really get more aggressive in August? What to do to keep wasps away

Berlin (dpa/tmn) – Have you also noticed more wasps wanting to have ice cream, cake and drinks? And when confronted, they stab. Animals don’t do this because they want to bother us. On the contrary: they often feel threatened by us and just want to survive.

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.

Hi friends! The wasps are not aggressive per se, they just want their share of our cake buffet. But you can refuse them – in peace.

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Are wasps aggressive animals?

No. According to the Bavarian State Association for the Protection of Birds (LBV), they are not aggressive outside the area around their nests. They only sting when they feel attacked. But we humans get that feeling very quickly with black and yellow bugs.

For example, with a common defensive measure, which has exactly the opposite effect: it is about blowing on animals. The carbon dioxide in the air we breathe makes wasps in an aggressive mood. The same thing happens when we hit them or corner them – understandable, if you put yourself in the position of a small animal versus a large human.

By the way: According to the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (Nabu), human sweating can also lead to the attack of animals. Easier said than done, of course, to suppress your fear. But it might be useful to explain that animals are afraid of us, too.

So the best course of action is to remain calm when wasps buzz around you. Don’t move crazy. It also helps to know where the animal wants to fly. The LBV advises not to change the main flight direction anymore.

Animal experts have another tip if the hornet population gets out of hand at a barbecue or cake and ice cream party: spray the water with a mist. Then the animals withdraw to their nest because they think it is raining. By the way, this should only be done with bottles in which there are already no residues of cleaning agents or other irritating liquids. Otherwise it can harm the animals.

Did you know that a wasp is also a wasp?  It is considered the largest representative of the species and more peaceful than many of its relatives.
Did you know that a wasp is also a wasp? It is considered the largest representative of the species and more peaceful than many of its relatives.

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But I am afraid of animals. What do I do to prevent them from approaching 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 from LBV and Nabu also advise avoiding fragrance, as the scent 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 the wasps here without getting hurt yourself: if you put the fallen fruit in a separate place that is not often used, the wasps can cover their energy needs with sweet fruit juice and people will not have to worry about a wasp on the ground to kick it.

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.

And of course: leave the wasp nests alone.

Wasp nests can be left hanging if the animals are not bothering you.  It will be deserted by autumn at the latest and will not be inhabited again after that.
Wasp nests can be left hanging if the animals are not bothering you. It will be deserted by autumn at the latest and will not be inhabited again after that.

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I don’t want their nests in my 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 must not be deliberately disturbed, captured, injured or killed, and their nests must 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.

How do I recognize a wasp?

If you’re not sure who you’re looking at, a hornet is easy to spot – 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.

This is how the different types of wasps we most often observe differ - and the hovercraft that resemble them.
This is how the different types of wasps we most often observe differ – and the hovercraft that resemble them.

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By the way, one type of hornet is hornets, but you can stay relaxed with it. According to the LBV, they are basically peaceful animals that run away rather than attack us. In addition to the yellow and black stripe pattern, it has reddish-brown areas on the head and in the middle of the body and is much larger than other wasps.

For comparison: In addition to the striped dress, honeybees have a brown belly, which is rounder and has more hair. And if they are stung, they lose their sting, and wasps do not.

Bumblebees are bees, so they can sting, too. 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.

It seems that hovercraft are just 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 still will realize that flies, like species of flies, only have two fully developed wings – bees and wasps have four.

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