Love them or hate them, wasps are fascinating insects. They are the gardener’s friend and are a great pest controller in their own right, helping gardeners look after their crops and flowers by eating flies, aphids, caterpillars and other pests. They are also excellent pollinators making them an important species to keep around.
However, despite their many benefits, they can also become troublesome pests, especially when they build their nests too close to our homes or even inside our houses in places like lofts, roof spaces, garages, sheds and outhouses.
If you are allergic to wasp venom, then it is a good idea to avoid close contact with wasps and certainly don’t let them become a problem in your home.
Wasps build amazing hexagonal nests made from a paper-like material that mostly consists of chewed up wood and saliva. Even when you need to get rid of any troublesome wasps, you can keep the nest in place as long as it’s not an inconvenience to you as these nests provide a perfect home for hoverflies. lacewings and other important pollinators.
Pretty much every case involving wasp nest removal in Northampton that our team at B-Discreet Pest Control are hired to deal with involve Vespula vulgaris, otherwise known as the Common Wasp. These are classed as social wasps that build large nests and form colonies.
The Common Wasp is found throughout the UK in both urban and rural areas. It is the most common species of wasp in the country and most people will have encountered them before. Their iconic black and yellow striped bodies help to warn other creatures that they are dangerous and to steer clear of them.
Identifying wasp nests
In late spring you will see the much larger queens look for a suitable place to set up a nest. This could be anything from a tree or a bush in your garden to a crack or hole in the wall of your home. She will start the nest building process by creating a cylindrical column called a petiole made from chewed up wood pulp mixed with her saliva.
The queen will continue to build cells around the petiole for the classic hexagonal shape we are familiar with. After building around 20-30 cells, she will lay an egg in each one. The queen will continue building new cells while feeding the hatched larvae.
Once each larva reaches full size, they will seal up the cell and develop into adult worker wasps. Smaller than the queen, these workers are the ones you see later in the summer buzzing around collecting proteins to feed the new larvae back in the nest and sugar to feed themselves, hence their attraction to your sweet food and drinks!
Getting rid of wasps
Each wasps nest may contain anything from 5,000-10,000 individuals, so this is a problem you don’t want to have around close to or within your home.
You should never attempt to DIY a wasp problem yourself! Wasps mostly sting to immobilise their prey, such as garden pests you are happy to see the back of, but they will also sting to defend their nest!
With wasps nests potentially holding numbers in the thousands, you don’t want to take this job on alone. Call in the professionals to help assist you. Our team at B-Discreet Pest Control have the right knowledge, experience and equipment for this job and we can eradicate your wasp problem quickly and safely without putting you at risk. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us about your wasp problem.