Wasp Nest Removal Berkshire
Wasp Control Information
Characteristics of a wasp include bright yellow markings on a black, slender and smooth body. Two pairs of wings and no pollen baskets. The size of a wasp varies queen wasps are the largest and sometimes mistaken for hornets, workers and drones are much smaller up to 1.3cm.
The common wasp can be found right across the UK and Europe.
In spring the hibernating queen wasps leave their hibernation sites to find a site to build her nest which could be in a hole in the ground, a hole in a tree or artificial structures such as eaves, lofts and cavities, garden sheds etc.
Habits and Biology:
Although there are 11 species of wasps found in Europe, only two, the Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris) and the German Wasp (Vespula Germanica) are important as pest species. These two wasp species hibernate as queens, the Common Wasp usually hibernates in buildings and the German Wasp typically hibernates beneath the bark of trees.
A Wasps Diet:
Wasps will eat a variety of foods these include; other insects, overripe fruit, sugary things, human food/food waste and meat.
The queen wasp will start to build the wasp nest with a papery material that she makes by chewing small pieces of wood mixed with saliva, this is known as Wasp paper. The queen wasp will raise the first few workers by her own efforts and those workers will then commence the enlargement of the wasp nest and caring for the immature wasps to follow. Wasp nest construction starts in late April and will reach its maximum in size in September, when 5 - 10,000 workers may be present. These workers will scavenge/forage for food up to 400m from the nest. The size of wasp colonies will vary from season to season. The severity of the previous winter is probably the key factor. In the autumn the young queens mate and leave the nest to hibernate, the rest of the nest dies out and the nest is never used again, however the same entry hole may be used to access a favourable wasp nesting site.
It is always advisable to let a professional Pest Control Company deal with a wasp nest for the reasons mentioned above. An insecticide will be used to cover the entrance to the wasps nest. Returning wasps will carry the insecticide into the heart of the wasps nest and within a few hours all wasps swill be dead. Finding the nest is not always easy but following the flight pattern from a source of food could prove helpful. If a householder elects to treat the nest themselves, treatment should be carried out early or late in the day when the wasp activity is at a minimum, a bee suit and leather gloves is a must! If the wasps turn nasty you will regret not using them! The pain of the wasp sting is caused by a toxic fluid containing a complex protein, which is injected through the needle like sting as it penetrates beneath the victim’s skin.
Individuals react differently to being stung by wasps. Some are hardly affected, others suffer considerable pain and swelling and a few become seriously allergic to being stung, which in some cases results in sudden death due to anaphylaxis shock.