Wasp Information – Best Weather For Wasps

Wasp Information – Best Weather For Wasps

Wasp Nest Removal Berkshire Hampshire Surrey and Oxfordshire
What makes wasps numbers vary so much from year to year? This question is one we here at DKG Pest Control are asked on a weekly basis in the summer months, so I thought I would make a small blog post to help inform people about wasps.

Late September / October time when the wasp nests reach their maximum size and the new fertile Queen wasps and male wasps are produced (upto 100 Queen wasps per nest) These will then fly off to find their hibernation site! Usually in a tree trunk, garden shed, loft etc.  The Queen wasp will stay in hibernation right through the winter usually untill mid-late April.

All the worker wasps from the nest have now completed thier job and the wasp nest has been a success, these wasps now go and mass feed usually on ivy bushes, lorral hedges or soft fruit wind falls etc. These are the “dopey” wasps you see. They are basically drunk on all the sugar from the fruit they have been foraging on.
There is no treatment to remove these wasps as they no longer visit the paper wasp nest regularly, as there is no young to feed! However the mass foraging only usually last a few days to a week.

The thing that plays a big part in how good or bad a wasp season will be in the weather throughout Winter ans Spring.  Ideal conditions for the wasp are fairly cold winters to keep them in a deep hibernation, even very cold winters with long spells of frost! Spring is also as important, when the queen wasps stir from hibernation they need warm and dry weather. The queen wasps have to suport them selfs for the first few weeks or nest building! Queen wasps have to hunt their own food and collect all the nest building material!
If the queen wasp is blessed with warm sunny dry weather there will be plenty of insects to eat and plenty of time to find nest building material (chewed wood).

If however the spring has a warm snap but then turns extremly wet and cold like this year 2012, the Queen wasps have a hard time hinding food as all the insects are washed off the trees, this results in the queen wasp having to spend to much time trying to find food and not enough time to find nest building materials! Or even worse the nesting site the quenn wasp has chosen may get flooded!

The weather in mid – late summer does not affect the wasp nests quite so much as there will be hundreds or even thousands of worker wasps to gather food and nest building material.

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