Wasps are often no more than a distraction, but sometimes can be become serious nuisance if nesting in your garden, roof or shed. Wasps are always very specifically yellow and black banded in colour compared to a brown and black colour of a honey bee or a very large furry appearance of a bumble bee.
A solitary Queen makes a small nest (the size of a golf ball) after emerging from winter hibernation usually in early/mid spring. This nest consists of 7 hexagonal cells in which the queen lays a single egg. The eggs in turn hatch out and become ‘worker wasps’ who’s job is to continue to build the nest around the queen who’s task now becomes solely laying more eggs and controlling the nest. All worker wasps are female. The workers continue to build the nest and care for the larvae, bringing them small insects (aphids-greenfly and whitefly) on which to feed. This high protein food allows for quick growth and a quickly expanding nest. A Queen wasp lays upto 100 eggs per day and in an especially good summer, a nest can consist of up to approximately 20,000 wasps.
As the winter approaches, the Queen wasp lays special eggs that are both male and female, when the larvae pupate, the newly hatched adults are a mix of ‘virgin queens’ and male ‘drone’ wasps. These wasps now fly away from the nest and find mating sites elsewhere. One mating is over, the newly fertilised queens find a place to hibernate over the winter and the male drones die off as do all the original workers and original queen wasp.
How wasp nests are made
Wasps strip wood, usually from fences or sheds to build their nest. The wood is mixed with saliva and becomes a paste like matter almost papier mache which is used to construct the nest. The nest is usually grey or brown but can sometimes have multiple colours depending if the wasps have been stripping fences that have been treated with coloured stain.
How to spot if you have a wasp nest
- Noting small areas of shaved wood from your fence in early spring will denote a queen wasp is using this wood to make a nest
- Seeing wasps continually using a very specific flight path to a given area
- Seeing the nest itself (usually the nest is out of sight in a soffit box or into a wall vent or cavity, unless built onto a tree branch or bush or even an exposed rafter inside a garden shed
Should I have my wasp nest treated?
If the wasp nest is causing issue or distress, it is best to have the wasp nest treated, bearing in mind that as the nest grows throughout the summer, so does its numbers and come autumn the amount of foraging wasps can cause a real issue as they are searching for sweet foodstuffs and will invade your garden or home whilst scouting. It is at this time that the wasps will become quite aggressive and being stung will become increasingly more likely.
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