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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Summer Wasps

Wasp colony sizes vary from species to species, but can contain up to two or three-thousand worker wasps. The queen will carry on laying eggs, if conditions are right, and the wasp colony will continue to increase in size.

After the wasp larvae hatch in August or September, the colony is disbanded. This is when the trouble really starts. Not only do the workers not have the sweet larvae secretions to feed on any longer, but the new batch of youngsters is also released on the world. There are no larvae needing attention and care so the young queens and males buzz about with nothing to do. This is when they can start to wreak havoc. If a wasp comes near you, try not to panic, stay still and calm.

It is the sting which worries humans as it is not only painful but some people can be highly allergic to them. We are so afraid of them because they are capable of delivering multiple stings, whereas bees will die after delivering their one sting.

The nervous system is attacked by the venom; causing pain to larger creatures and paralysis to smaller ones. By paralysing their prey, wasps find it easier to carry them back to their nests. People are not the only ones who are bothered by wasps. Bees feed off pollen while wasps' nutrition comes from smaller insects; therefore the two do not normally spend much time together.

Towards the end of summer, frustrated bee-keepers complain of wasps stealing honey from their bee-hives. They seek honey avidly, particularly in summer. The bees try to defend their hives but usually lose. The hungry wasps dismember the bees and can often eradicate a whole colony.

Although not visible to human eyes, wasps play a vital part in the natural food chain. They control pests. Say there is a caterpillar infestation in your cabbage patch, a wasp will find those caterpillars and eat every last one. Something which is a nuisance for you, is food for a wasp, so this is actually a perfect partnership.

A wasp nest which is in your garden, however, can be a very big, dangerous problem. If it is found in a shed or an area where children might play then professional exterminators should be called to remove it. Although, if the nest is in the attic and you can locate their entry way, you could wait until winter in order to remove the nest safely. By this time, most of the males will have died and the egg-laden queen will have gone into hibernation somewhere else.

Each wasp colony produces thousands of queens. However, during the winter, almost all of them will die off from natural causes. Wasps like to nest in dry places like hollow trees or bird boxes but these are few and far between. Therefore, while wasp number do go up and down each year, they are not likely to suddenly shoot up because there simply aren't enough nesting places for them.

Do you need any help getting rid of wasps? Get in touch with Envirosafe Pest Control, can help you! 
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