Wasp Pest Control
Wasps are common in the UK and are the bane of summer picnics as the tired worker wasps seek sweetness in any form. Wasps are 10 mm -15 mm in length, have yellow and black striped bodies and two pairs of membranous wings. Males are usually smaller than the females. The venom of these stinging insects can trigger allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock in rare cases, in sensitive people.
There are many species of wasps. Some are solitary; these lay eggs but do not rear them. Farmers utilise predatory wasps as biological pest control, as they eat other insects. Wasps like sweet food and eat plant nectar, so they act as pollinators. Parasitic wasps lay their eggs inside a live host, typically a caterpillar or spider, the larvae feed off the live host when they hatch.
In springtime, Wasps make nests from scavenged bits of wood and saliva. The chewed wood bits combined with saliva mix together, to form a Papier Mache hollow nest, which is robust and waterproof. The nest protects the wasps from predators and the elements. Some wasp species make their nests outside, often in garden sheds, furniture or trees. Common wasps make nests indoors, in loft spaces or sheds and garages.
Queen wasps are relatively big, often 20 mm in length. The queen hibernates in winter and she and the other wasps search for a place to build a nest in spring. Finding a suitable habitat, the wasps construct the nest and the queen lays her first eggs. These initial eggs turn into grubs and are fed with insects, until they develop into worker wasps, which are always female and sterile. The function of these female workers is to look after the young male and reproducing female wasps when they hatch.
A typical wasp nest may be home to thousands of wasps, many of which by midsummer will be breeding males and females. The well fed males and females mate and then hibernate in autumn, the new wasps being born the following spring.
Wasp pest control
Remove individual wasps by using insecticidal spray or old fashioned wasp traps with a sweet bait and water. Use trained professionals, to remove wasp nests from your property. A threatened colony of wasps will unite and often become aggressive if their nest is threatened and may sting, with painful results.
The nest requires treatment with insecticides to kill the adult wasps, stop the eggs from hatching and the young wasps from developing. The hazards posed by the use of insecticides in the home and the danger of being stung by wasps’ defending their home makes this a job for professionals. Nests built in inaccessible places, require the use of special equipment to reach them.
Methods used by professional wasp pest control include traps, modifying the light source, insecticides and removal. Depending on the extent of the infestation one or more of these methods will control the wasp pest.
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Wasp Pest Control
Large, conspicuous buzzing insects with yellow and black striped, wasp-waisted bodies, 10-15mm long. They have a sweet tooth at one end and a painful sting at the other.