If you’ve ever been stung by wasps, you’ve probably cursed them and wonder why they even exist. Turns out wasps are pretty important. Nearly every pest insect on the planet is preyed upon by a wasp species, either for food or as a host for its larvae. Wasps are so good at controlling pest populations that the agriculture industry now regularly deploys them to protect crops. So it’s time to make peace with these creatures. Here are some tips to avoid them. Bees and wasps can be attracted to, or may react to, odors. It’s best not to use perfume, cologne or scented soaps. Avoid going barefoot in vegetation. Stinging often occurs when nesting areas are disturbed so be observant of the area around you. If you see them flying to and from a particular place, avoid it.

Wasps are good at controlling pest populations