Wasp Pest Control
As the winter makes way for the spring, wasp pest control becomes more prominent in the minds of many. It is during the spring months that wasps begin to emerge from their winter hibernation. In the early half of spring, the queen emerges from her winter slumber to begin the task of building a nest and re-establishing a colony of wasps. It is during this time that many people begin to see an increase in wasp activity, particularly if there is a wasp nest in close proximity, and wasp pest control soon becomes a priority for those who find themselves sharing their space with a nest.
Wasps: The facts
Wasps can be considered to be one of the most misunderstood pests that anyone can handle. It is with this in mind that we should consider some facts when looking at wasps:
- Wasp nests can house up to 10,000 individual wasps. There is always one queen wasp who acts as the ‘leader’ of the nest.
- Wasps feed on other smaller insects and act as a regulator for their habitats. Many biologists consider wasps to be a key player in any habitat.
- A wasp’s sting contains protein and this is what causes an allergic reaction in some people.
- Wasps are able to still sting you even when dead. The poison sack at the end of a wasp’s tail continues to pulse for a time after a wasp dies. If you handle a dead wasp you could possibly be stung.
- Wasps tend not to swarm, a common misconception, unlike bees or hornets who do.
As mentioned, wasps tend to live together in a nest, which can house thousands of them. Despite often seeing wasps individually, many people do not consider the nest as the source of the problem. It is only when a nest is located near a building (commercial or residential), that a nest is considered as a problem.
It is not uncommon for wasp nests to be located underground or in confined spaces. Wasps have a tendency to house their nests in large cracks, whether that is in the ground or in a building wall. This can make eradicating wasps tricky, especially if it is a large nest with a significant population of wasps.
The nests are made out of a combination of wasp saliva and other bodily fluids and materials scavenged, such as pieces of wood, leaves and other organic materials. The consistency and fabric of the nest often appears like paper and it can be surprisingly strong and durable.
Within the nests, wasps lay their eggs in cells. These resemble those found in a bees nest and there can many thousands of these cells within a nest. The larvae are kept within these cells and are fed by worker wasps until they have reached maturity.
How to spot a Wasp nest
Perhaps the most obvious way to notice if you have a nest is the presence of more than one wasp in close proximity to one another. Due to their distinctive noise, wasps tend to grab your attention pretty quickly – more than a handful certainly will!
As mentioned, wasps tend to use large cracks or openings in either the ground or buildings to build their nests. There is always the risk that these openings can cause damage to the buildings if left unchecked. Furthermore, if these nests are located near the roof or a window, wasps can inevitably gain access to a building, causing more difficulties for residents.
Wasp Pest Control: What to do next
It may go without saying, but wasps can be a threat if approached or handled in the wrong way. Despite wasps tending to move around in a solitary manner – around a nest, where many thousands of wasps can be found – the potential for wasps to swarm is drastically increased.
It is due to this threat that it is recommended that a professional pest control company is deployed when wasp pest control becomes necessary. Using a variety of methods to tackle the issue, a professional pest control company offers the most practical and effective solution to tackle a wasp nest.