Wasps are very social insects and because of this they often live in large colonies within the nests they have built using mainly wood and pulp. Wasp nests are commonly built in spaces such as, roofs, wall cavities, and air bricks. Outdoor nests tend to be found in sheds, hedges, trees and soil.
Wasps start building nest during the spring when the fertilised queens come out of hibernation and go on the hunt for a suitable nesting site to start building their nest and new colony. It tends to be around Easter time each year that wasp activity starts back up however this can change from year to year depending on weather and temperatures. You may spot multiple queens emerging from the same property where they have been hibernating it may look like they are all working together but they are actually each independently looking for a new nesting spot. If you do spot queen wasps around your property you can attempt to treat them with an over the counter aerosol spray before they become a much bigger problem.
When a queen has found a suitable nesting site the construction of the nest will start straight away. The nest will initially start out around the size of a golf ball, she will then lay between 10-20 eggs. The queen will feed the larvae that emerge but once they become adults they will then take over and continue to grow the nest for the queen. By the time it gets to the end of May the nest will have grown substantially in size and population.
The queen wasp will carry on laying eggs right up until early autumn, by this time the nest can house between 3000 – 5000 wasps! By this time the presence of the wasp nest will be obvious to anyone in its vicinity.
Reasons For Wasp Control
Although wasps are not a concern for public health, they are capable of carrying germs from unhygienic placed they have visited to forage food. The main reason however, for the control of wasps it their tendency to become aggressive when they feel threatened or disturbed. Wasp stings are painful and irritating and for a select few they can cause serious allergic reactions which would make wasps dangerous to them.
As a wasp nest grows so do the chances of them becoming defensive and aggressive. It is always best to contact a professional pest controller when you first see signs of a wasp nest this will drastically reduce the chances of someone disturbing the nest or getting stung. The longer you leave a wasp nest the larger it will get, this in turn creates more of a risk factor as there will be a larger number of wasps available to defend the nest and it also makes it more difficult to treat. Wasp nest treatment can be dangerous so it is important that you don’t attempt it yourself as a failed attempt of treatment can agitate the wasps and cause them to attack. If you know you have an allergy to wasps, you should stay indoors and keep doors and windows shut until a professional pest controller has applied the treatment and advised it is safe. Pest controllers have the knowledge, skills and equipment to safely treat and remove a wasp nest so contact your local pest control professional if you have a nuisance wasp nest around your property.
If you have seen signs of a wasp nest around your property and need a professional to come and safely remove the wasp nest, then contact Advance Pest Control Bristol today – 0777 150 310