Can a queen sting wasp
LONG-HEADED WASPS & HORNETS (Dolichovespula spec.Vespa c.)
The young, mated queens wake up in spring (late March to late May) and, depending on the species, usually look for above-ground, protected nesting sites (tree hollows, attics, in bushes, etc.). The queen, who found what she was looking for, starts building a paper-like honeycomb in which she lays one egg per cell. It warms and cares for the brood, feeds it with preyed insects, while it consumes nectar and sweet fruit and vegetable juices itself. The hatching workers (depending on the species a few hundred to a thousand) take on the hunting and care work. In the summer, the colony begins rearing young queens. Males (drones) develop from unfertilized eggs. After mating, the queens do not return to the nest and look for sheltered quarters to overwinter. The maternal colony, on the other hand, gradually dies in autumn and the nest building will not be repopulated in the next year.
Hornets and medium wasps are specially protected; the long-headed wasps are partly endangered. Due to the shortage of nesting sites, targeted destruction of the free-hanging nests and the use of insecticides, the populations of these species are falling sharply, while the "annoying" short-headed wasps, which like to nibble on sweet things, are increasing due to a lack of natural enemies.
Wasps can sting and bite. However, they usually only do both for self-defense, i.e. if you step on them, crush them or expose / damage their nest. The stings and bites are harmless (including those of the hornet) - a sting can only be dangerous with the very rare insect venom allergies (approx. 15 cases in Germany p.a.)!
What to do with ...
... wasps flown into the apartment?
In spring (March to May) in particular, queens of wasps often fly into their homes in search of nesting sites. Each wasp queen killed means one potential colony less! Therefore do not be slain, poisoned or starve to death through ignorance!
Simply open a window wide or catch animals at the window with a glass. Put a piece of paper underneath and the animal can be released into the open unharmed and without risk of sting (the wasp does not sting through the paper).
.... a wasp's nest in the garden?
· Mark or cordon off the nest area (approx. 2 meters radius) so that the entrance is not inadvertently blocked.
· Do not block or obstruct the approach lane for a long time.
· The nest can be passed safely and without special attention; severe vibrations of the nest should be avoided.
· Are free-hanging nests No way Nests of "annoying" species and usually die as early as July (short-cycle species); Hornet nests will die out by mid-September.
Never hit or blow on the animals (will be considered alarming)
If repositioning / changes to the nest entrance or other manipulations are necessary - for the boar area, please call Mr. Heinz Fausten in Jesserndorf on Tel.No. 09531 1230 inform.
Information also at http://www.hymenoptera.de
Melanie von Orlow - as of July 2000
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