Wasps in the summer months can quickly become a major nuisance. Wasps are a social insect, forming colonies containing anywhere from 5000 – 10000 wasps per season. The hibernating and fertilized queen will emerge around mid-April time (or sooner, depending on temperatures) and search for a suitable nesting site.
For best results, you will need to contact an exterminator to deal with the nest. You can call:
The nest starts of as a golf ball sized nest made from chewed bark, dried timber mixed with saliva, within this starter nest she lays between 10 and 20 eggs, the first brood of adult workers (sterile females) will take over the development of the nest and providing food for the next lot of eggs being laid by the queen. At the start of the season, wasp poses little or no threat (this can be a different matter if the nest is interfered with) and it is only towards the end of the wasp season that they become a nuisance towards humans that is why important to call wasp control services to deal with this problem.
During the latter part of the summer, the queen will mate and then leave the nest site to find a suitable over-wintering location. The remaining workers and few remaining males become sluggish, and their feeding on over-ripe fruit will produce a “tipsy” behaviour, leading towards aggression towards anyone interfering with them. The on-coming winter will kill off the workers and the remaining males, with only the fertilized queens surviving by hibernating. During this nuisance time, the wasps will be bothering the general public in places like pub gardens and parks etc., they tend to feed off the sweeter food such as children’s lolly-pops, soft drinks alcoholic drinks, and pretty much anything containing sugar.
Obviously, the nest can be treated, but this could mean the area being out of bounds for up to 24 hours, this could in turn lead to loss of business and loss of profits. However other methods for dealing with wasps are available. New wasp treatment systems such as the wasp bane are easily available to obtain from online pest control websites or from your local hardware store.
The was bane is a wasp trap, the wasps are attracted and lured into the trap with specially developed attractants, the wasps enter the chamber of the trap to get to the attractant, once the wasps have entered the trap they cannot escape. The trap can be placed at the bottom of the beer garden, around parks, or hanging from trees. In a recent study at a well-known theme park, it was recorded that after installing the wasp bane trap in various locations around the park, reports of wasp sting went down as much as 95% in 1 year.