If you've ever been stung by a paper wasp, you might be thinking that the world would be a better place if those paper wasps would just go extinct. We understand. It is no fun being stung by a wasp, especially if you have an allergy to their venom. But, wasps actually help us. Take a second and see if you can think of any ways that wasps are a benefit to us. Once you have come up with as many as you can think of, read on.
You probably guessed our first reason. We all know that stinging insects help with pollination and paper wasps are no exception. When they fly from flower to flower, feeding on nectar and pollen, they spread that pollen around. But what you may not know is that they aren't very good at it. Their skin is mostly smooth and limited on the hair fibers that help with picking up pollen. If you have bumblebees around, you're going to have a lot more success with your pollination efforts. But, it is important to note that wasps do help a little.
Do you like flies? If you think the world would be a better place without flies, those paper wasps can help. They feed on house fly and blowfly larva. That means fewer baby flies turning into adult flies and zipping into your house through an open door or window. It also means that an open trash can with "fly larva" crawling around in it, will be a tempting treat for wasps. Keep your trash cans sealed to reduce fly populations and wasp populations.
Wasps can help you with your garden, not just by their pollination efforts, but by eating pests that damage crops and ornamental plants. If you want a healthy garden, it isn't a bad idea to have some wasps around. But, make sure you plant your garden away from the house so those wasps aren't near your exterior walls.
Probably the most benefit wasps have for us is that they attack and kill poisonous bugs. One example is the black widow. We have several black widow species in Pennsylvania. The most common is the Southern black widow. We can all agree that a paper wasp sting beats being bitten by a black widow. So, maybe it isn't such a bad idea to have paper wasps. If you have paper wasps living in the woods around your property, they will be actively reducing the population of dangerous bugs around your home.
Do you see where we are going with this? The world isn't a better place without paper wasps. They are actually a benefit to us. But, only when they are away from our exterior walls. Those wasps won't generally bother you unless you threaten their nests. Give one of our professionals here at Witt Pest Management a call to be sure that any paper wasps that may be on your property are in a place where they can be a benefit to you and not a concern.