WASPS IN BRIEF

One queen, one nest, one year and it dies never to be used again by wasps.

If you see wasps all over bushes etc they are scavenging for food, normally seen at the emergence of queens.

If you have a wasp nest the wasps will be going in and out of one hole or small area, ie a hole in the wall / fascia / garden or bush.

When you see the larger wasps around the middle to end of August / September they are not the earlier smaller wasps grown up, they are in fact the next generation of fertile wasps ready for the following years life cycle.

If you do not kill the nest before the end of August, you could have potentially 500 - 1500 queens emerge to start the following years wasp nests, If you treat before the queens emerge then you will greatly reduce the chances of new nests in your property the following year.

Around August September time the worker wasps will hang about your drinks etc when outside enjoying yourself, and are likely to sting you, this is when we say they are drunk with fruit juice etc and they sting for the sake of it.

The truth is they are dying as it is the end of their life span, and that of the current nest. After this point you will see loads of larger wasps hanging around the entrance to the nest, they are the fertile males waiting for the virgin queens to emerge, they mate and the males die. This is the point at which you will see hundreds of larger wasps on bushes and trees, they are just foraging and fattening up for the winter hibernation. They no longer need to be in the nest and to treat at this period will almost certainly mean that a very small percentage of wasps have died, the rest will have left the nest and will just use somewhere else to rest until they have over wintered and the survivors will start again.

If however you spend £50.00 and have us treat the nest before the point where they sting you in August / Sept, you will kill the nest and are not likely to have any further problems relating to that nest. If you leave it too late, some of the over wintering queens are likely to be in your loft, and are likely to emerge in the mid winter when you turn a light on.

If you rent a property the landlord may pay for the wasps to be treated, unlike rodent activity, wasps do not enter a property due to tenants or owners lifestyle, they enter the property looking for somewhere to live. As such the tenant etc has no control over the problem.


How to avoid wasp stings?

Due to a wasps’ behaviour changing in late summer from sugars to proteins you will more likely encounter them wherever food is consumed outdoors and around rubbish collection areas.

The following pointers may help you avoid painful wasp stings:

Carefully dispose of all food and drinks, especially soft drink cans by placing in a closed rubbish bin.

Never leave sugary drinks unattended. Plus ALWAYS check sugary drinks before consuming, just in case there are any wasps in the drink, always better to drink from a glass than a can.

Keep all areas of your property clean and tidy, especially where sweet items are kept or have been consumed.

Check for wasp activity before carrying out any gardening activity, especially in hedges and borders.

Avoid strong scents and bright clothing.

Protect your feet by wearing closed shoes, not flip flops.