Wasp Problems

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Got A Wasp Nest?

If you have discovered a wasp nest, keep away from it. They make them in the most unusual places, lofts, sheds, outbuilding, underground, bird boxes etc.

internal wasp nest

Wasp Problems

The wasp or yellow jacket is one of the most pests we get called about. With a stinger at one end that can give multiple painful stings, it should be respected as it can be very aggressive. It has a very complex social structure and is highly evolved. Early summer they are not readily a nuisance as they are concentrating on harvesting insects to bring back to the nest to feed their grubs.

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Wasp Biology

The queen wasp is the only one to survive the winter (unlike Honey Bees who overwinter). She will emerge in early spring and start building her nest from chewed up wood pulp. Laying eggs in comb like chambers, once the eggs hatch in to grubs she will feed them on insects. Within four weeks they will have developed into workers that are all females. The cycle will continue to mid July expanding the colony to in excess of 30,000 wasps.

 

The workers that have spent the summer collecting high protein food to feed to the grubs. These include aphids and other insects as well as carrion and meat. In return the worker wasps get a sweet high energy liquid from the grubs called Chitin. This is a compound made from densely packed and tightly bound sugars. Now that this food source has finished the wasps go in search of sweet foods to satisfy their needs. It is no coincidence that this is timed with the ripening of sweet fruit in late summer.

 

This when they become their greatest hazard to humans and Honey bee colonies. That’s why late summer BBQ’s attract wasps, lots of sweet foods and drinks are abundant.

Wasps a nuisance outside?

Control them with our high efficiency wasp traps!

 

Great for the patio, BBQ or pub garden.

 

For further information on wasps see our knowledge centre HERE.

 

Call us on 01525 863 951 for help and advice on wasp problems.

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