The city of Regina is offering residents advice on how to deal with wasps.
Russell Eirich, the city’s Manager of Forestry, Pest Control and Horticulture, spoke about the matter today, noting that wasps are good and bad insects, with a bit of an “ugly factor” to them.
“The good part is wasp are actually a predator insect on some of the insects that affect your garden,” he said.
The wasps take the insects back to their nests, feed them to their larvae, who, in return, produce sugars for the adult insects to eat. But now, Eirich said it’s a critical stage for the nests, where the sunlight’s starting to come down, they’re not producing enough sugar, so wasps are getting aggressive and coming after our foods.
“Let’s keep the lids on our sugary drinks,” he said. “Let’s keep our food supply indoors as much as we can.”
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Eirich also noted it’s important to maintain a level of calm around wasps, as not doing so grabs their attention.
Another matter of note for wasps includes how to handle their nests in residents yards. Eirich said if you’re going to take care of a wasps nests, treat from where you won’t get stung.
“Do it in the cool of the morning, as wasps are all inside the nests at that time of day.”
An update was also given on mosquito numbers, with Eirich noting the city’s averaging 27 mosquitoes per trap, compared to the historical average of 47 mosquitoes per trap.