Merseyside, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 29, 2009 -- As wasp season is upon us again Knowsley Safari Park is getting ready to put up its wasp traps for another season to help protect our visitors from stings.
But the wasp isn't all bad and actually helps to keep down the number of other pests in our gardens and parks. During spring and early summer worker wasps are out foraging for food to feed the grubs in their nest. During this time wasps are hunters catching insects and finding other sources of protein to feed the grubs, their reward for this is a sticky sweet substance produced by the grubs themselves. In mid to late summer the queen wasp stop laying eggs and the last of the grubs mature, this is when the wasp becomes a pest as the natural source for their sweet cravings disappear and they start looking for other sources. The best places to find the sweet sticky stuff they crave is normally around our bins with all the sweet and ice lolly wrappers.
The traps at Knowsley Safari Park are only put out once the wasp becomes a pest as putting traps out too early could eradicate the wasp from an area, this in turn could cause a rise in the number of other pests as the wasp isn't there to keep them under control. The traps we use are also designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and shouldn't attract sexually active wasps so protects the wasp population for next year.
At Knowsley Safari Park we like our wasps, but when they start to become a pest we need to do something about it. Remember next time you are bothered by a wasp that they aren't all bad and do help in the garden in the spring.
You can help yourselves to avoid wasps by always clearing your rubbish away, especially sticky sweet wrappers this helps to keep the park tidy and means wasps are attracted to certain areas where we can then place a trap.