Watch Out For “Hangry” Wasps During Late Summer & Early Fall

As fall approaches, wasps become more aggressive due to food scarcity. Learn key safety tips to avoid getting stung by these hangry insects!

Coleman Spaulding

Published On:

October 13, 2023

Last Updated:

October 13, 2023

As most people know, wasps aren't the friendliest creatures on the planet, and if you anger a wasp, you can expect to get stung—perhaps multiple times. Typically, wasps behave aggressively out of instinct to protect their nest and their queen. However, you may have noticed that wasps get "testier" as summer transitions to fall.

Just what makes these insects easier to agitate as the year goes on? The answer comes down to one word: food.

Food Scarcity and Wasps: As Food Sources Shrink, Wasps Behave More Aggressively

As fall approaches, the availability of food for wasps begins to dwindle. Nectar sources dry up, and insects that wasps typically prey on become scarce. Additionally, most wasp nests are at their biggest size by this time of year, so there is more competition for food than before.

This lack of food can make wasps more irritable and aggressive as they become increasingly desperate to find something to eat. In other words, wasps become “hangry”—bad-tempered due to hunger.

So, if you're planning on spending time outdoors during the late summer and early fall months, be sure to keep an eye out for wasps. If you come into contact with a wasp, it's best to keep some of the safety tips below in mind.

Wasp Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

While wasps may be more aggressive during late summer and early fall, there are still some simple things you can do to avoid getting stung:

  • Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when spending time outdoors, as these can attract wasps.
  • Dark or brightly colored clothing can also attract wasps, so it's best to stick to light-colored clothing if you'll be outside for an extended time.
  • Don't drink from open cans or bottles outside, as wasps may be attracted to the sugar in the beverage. Wasps can also become intoxicated from consuming alcoholic beverages, which can make them more aggressive—similar to a belligerent drunk.
  • If you see a wasp nest, avoid disturbing it, as this will anger the wasps.
  • If a wasp flies near you, don't swat at it, as this will only agitate the wasp and increase your chances of being stung.
  • If a wasp does sting you, try to stay calm, wash the area, and apply a physician-recommended remedy or treatment.

Following these simple tips can help minimize your chances of getting stung by a wasp this late summer and early fall. Next time you're outdoors enjoying the cooler weather, don't forget to watch out for these "hangry" bugs!

P.S. – If you have a wasp problem and need help removing these stinging insects, trust Spidexx Pest Control to help. Our wasp experts can safely and effectively eliminate the problem for you: (855) 925-3550.

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