Wasps can be a real nuisance for us humans…… and they can especially be a nuisance around our garden.
The Wasp’s year starts in the Spring time. Wasps will spend the Winter months in a deep sleep and will come out of hibernation as the days start to warm up. At this time of year there won’t be any active wasp nests, just the Queens who will start to look around for a suitable place to build their new nests, which you don’t want in your garden.
Wasps may build nests together or solitary and lay their eggs in cracks and crevices. At their peak a social Wasp’s nest may contain 6 to 10 thousand Wasps which tend to be more aggressive toward the end of the year when the workers die off. It might only be the female Wasps that have a sting, but they can use this repeatedly.
Wasps can attack if disturbed or if they feel threatened. Wasps are not just a nuisance to humans, they can be a real danger. Their stings are painful and some people react violently to being stung with several people dying from Anaphylactic Shock each year.
Quite often people think that a hard cold winter will kill off hibernating queen Wasps, but this is not correct. Most hibernating Queen Wasps will die over the Winter but this is down to other insects such as spiders killing them. During warmer winters Queens may emerge from hibernation too early only to starve as there will be a lack of food available to them.
Once hibernation is finished for the Queens they will source food such as nectar from plants and flowers. They are responsible for pollination of plants similar to Honey Bees. The adult worker wasps will also source nectar from flowers in the Spring and early Summer.
A lot of our customers contact us when they have noticed activity near a shed, rafters, or other outside buildings in their garden. Often fence panels are being stripped of wood which is ideal material for to make a nest. When material is collected, it is shredded, chewed up and mixed with saliva and wax which is then used to construct their nests.
Once a suitable location has been found the Queen will build a Petiole, which is a centre stalk where she will add cells, similar to a beehive. It is in these cells where the Queen will start to lay eggs and once they have hatched she will source food to feed the larvae. After a few weeks the larvae will have transformed into adult worker wasps and although these are female they will be sterile. It is now their responsibility to source food. The Queen is free now lay eggs and control the nest. A Queen Wasp can produce around 100 eggs per day.
Towards the end of the Summer months and beginning of Autumn the nests will have produced approximately 1500 new Queens.
It is at this time where the Queen will have laid what is called Queen eggs and unfertilised (drone) eggs. Once these eggs have been laid the existing Queen will not lay any more eggs. It is these eggs that will hatch out and pupate turning into female Queens and male drone wasps. They will leave the nest to find mating areas. Once the mating process has been complete, the now fertilised Queens will find a place to hibernate over the winter and the drones will die off. When the wasp nest has produced all it’s new Queens, it begins to die off. When the weather gets colder food will become scarce.
Wasps become a real nuisance when they start to look for food sources. They will be looking for anything that contains sugar, usually sugary drinks and food that are lying around in our gardens or pub gardens …….the perfect place to dine for wasps.
At Lawnscience our technicians are fully trained and have the correct safety equipment to deal with Wasp Nests. We will use a treatment which consists of an insecticide dust and apply into the nest entrance. Within about a few hours up to a day the activity in the nest should cease. As the nest is made of organic material it will degrade over time and will not be used as a nest ever again.
We believe a professional and safe approach when dealing with wasp nests is best. If you have any questions about *Wasp,Ant or Mole control in your garden contact us and we will visit your home at a convenient time. Stay safe!
*Lawn and Garden Pest Control Services are not offered by all Lawnscience locations, please check with your local office.