Monday, May 01, 2017

A Waspy Summer

Depending on the species, wasp colonies can contain around two to three-thousand worker wasps. If food is plentiful then the queen wasp will continue laying eggs and the colony therefore, will continue to grow.

The wasp larvae hatch in August and September, the wasps leave the nest and it is disbanded. It is at this time that the problems really begin. The worker wasps can no longer feed on the sweet secretions of the larvae and, at the same time, a new generation of wasps is set free. In this new generation are hundreds of queens and adolescent males who are at a loose end because the larvae no longer need to be cared for. It is at this point that they become a nuisance. Remember that if a wasp comes near you, it is best to remain calm and still.

Naturally if you're highly allergic to wasp stings, you will feel very anxious about a wasp hovering near you. Particularly as wasps are able to sting more than once, unlike bees who die after they sting you just once.

The venom in the sting is designed to cause pain to predators or to paralyse the smaller insects which they prey on so that they are easier to transport back to the nest. The venom achieves this by attacking the central nervous system. Humans are by no means their only victims. Wasps eat other insects whereas bees eat pollen so the two do not usually intermingle.

Although their main diet is insects, wasps also eat honey, which they start to steal from angry bee-keepers at the end of summer. Wasps adore honey, especially in summer. The hive's inhabitants try to defend their bounty but are often unsuccessful. A few insatiable wasp appetites can be sufficient to dismember and extinguish an entire bee colony.

Even though we are not really aware of it, wasps actually play an exceedingly important role in the natural food chain. They are pest control. If you have a caterpillar infestation in your vegetable patch and a wasp finds them, they will continue to return to that source of food (a nuisance to you) until they are all gone (a help to you).

However, a wasps' nest within your garden can cause problems. Professional exterminators will need to be called if you find a nest in a shed or an area where children often play. If you find the nest in the attic you could try to find their entry route and wait until winter. Most of the males will die and the queen, with her fertilised eggs, will hibernate in another location. You can then remove the nest safely.

A wasp colony can produce thousands of new queens but the majority of them will die during the winter. Suitable nesting sites are limited. Only dry places like trees or bird boxes will do. This means that although wasp number differ every year, they are unlikely to rapidly increase because there just aren't enough suitable nesting sites.

Wasps are dangerous creatures. If you want to learn more on how you can protect yourself, or get rid of them,get in touch with Envirosafe Pest Control experts today!