Wasps cause problems in the summer time when the workers search for a sweet substance to feed on such as flowers and fruits, sometimes producing aggressive ‘tipsy’ behaviour towards humans. If you notice a lot of wasps, it may be that they have a nest nearby and you need to consider wasp control. The most useful approach is wasp nest removal which is best left to the professionals as the person doing it risks being attacked by angry wasps in a group. Stings are very painful and anyone allergic to them can develop a severe reaction from just one single sting.
Wasp Nest Removal
This is carried out by a fully trained technician using an insecticide which is injected directly into the nest, usually through the entrance hole on the outside of the building. Protective clothing has to be worn as the wasps become very aggressive.
Life Cycle of the Wasp
The queen wasp emerges from winter hibernation around mid-April and searches for a suitable site to form her nest. This is made from bark and timber mixed with saliva. She makes the initial ‘cell’ which is around the size of a golf ball and lays between 10 and 20 eggs feeding the resultant larvae on insects. The emergent first brood of adult workers (sterile female wasps) takes over the task of enlarging the wasp’s nest and providing food for the subsequent eggs laid by the queen.
By late summer, the average wasps nest can contain up to 30,000 wasps and be up to 30 cm across. This is when wasp control measures are most often considered.
As the summer months progress the male bee’s and the younger queen bees begin to mate and the fertilised queens fly away to select suitable over-wintering sites.
In August, the workers start feeding on over-ripe fruit or any other sweet substances they find and can become a problem in gardens and other outside spaces.
During the harsh cold winter period, it is only the pregnant queen that survives. The rest of the hives inhabitants die. The queen bees is then ready to begin new nests ready for the next spring.
Old wasp’s nests are not reused although a new nest may be built close to an old one; wasp nest removal will get rid of the wasps home and they will move on to find another place for the female and larvae to live.
Having a wasps nest near your home or garden can be very irritating, with the main hazard being the risk of ‘anaphylactic shock’, which can arise from even a single wasp sting, which may lead to the death of susceptible people. Wasp nest removal is the best course of action.
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