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Wasps

You have probably seen their nests hidden away in holes in and around your home, near your garden sheds, or your compost heaps. They are the bright yellow pest that can ruin almost any sunny day, they are Wasps.

Attracted by many of the same foods we enjoy, wasps tend to gorge themselves on proteins and sugars. Usually, we like to believe these pests are just there for sweet food such as fruit, soda, or alcohol; but wasps seem to have a bigger palate for human food than just those!

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Wasps can also occasionally tuck into and make nests into things such as pieces of meat or deceased animals as well. So clearly, it is not just a food problem that attracts these yellow nightmares. Your best course of action then is to both avoid the wasps but also keep an eye on them to see where they are coming from. And when you know for sure, contact our pest control team and we will be happy to take care of them.

Wasps can generally be split into two different types. There are Solitary Wasps, who primarily nest and feed; as well as birthing larvae that grow into adult wasps. Social wasps are the common pest that stings you and fight like hell to keep you from their nest. The United Kingdom has often been named the country with widespread wasp attacks and infestation.
 

Appearance

Common wasps will appear with the common yellow and black bodies. Wasps will usually have 2 pairs of wings on their body, as well as a thin-waist which allows them more mobility when flying. Worker wasps commonly grow to be 15 millimeters in size, whereas queens typically grow to be around 20. Only female wasps possess the stingers in the abdomen which the insect is so well known for.

Infestation

Most wasps infestations are Social Wasp who build nests in the grounds, in trees, or inside of buildings or pre-existing structures. Typically, wasps will need to rebuild their nests yearly; though this number can change depending on the climate where the wasp finds itself. Queen wasps will typically be the only insect of the colony to survive the winter, and in the spring season, they hatch larvae and begin anew. Old nests are rarely if ever reused in the next year. A colony will usually consist of a single queen, and an army of sterile, worker wasps. Initial cells or combs are typically built by the queen when starting the nest, which is then extended and building upon by the workers. Wood fibres chewed by wasps are mixed with the saliva of the wasp and is the common building material for these nests; which can usually house upwards of 3000 to 5000 wasps. Some have grown as large to contain upwards of 20,000 wasps inside of it

Habitat

Most wasps will typically make their home in the everyday surroundings you find yourself in. They can reside in both residential, as well as industrial buildings as convenient spots for them to build and grow their pulpy paper nests. They often choose more sheltered areas for these nests, hoping to provide added security. Some of the most common indoor spaces for wasps to make their homes can be attics, lofts, empty water tanks, unused windows, roof spaces, hallways, cisterns, or even warehouses. Outside, wasps can commonly be found nesting inside of window boxes, downpipes, gutters, sills, balconies, or porches. Damages inside of a home or building can also provide these pests with the things they need to begin nesting. Additionally, damages to your home such as loose tiles, leaking roofs, openings in walls, or broken windows can allow Wasps spaces to propagate and infiltrate your home.

Detection

Wasps, despite their sneaking nature, can be spotted fairly easily. A cursory glance will often reveal the wasps or their nests, and being vigilant will typically show you where they are hiding. It is advised that since wasps are active during the daytime, to watch them in the evening to avoid being stung. In the day, the swarms are audible and well visible, however; and will give you an inkling to where they have been nesting.

Health hazards

While a wasp has not been known to carry or spread an infection, it is a pest as well as a possible threat to your health. Wasps are easily aggressive creatures, commonly attacking people if they have been attracted by fruits or sweets. During the summer-time, they can often become a plague for food stands or kitchens, as they will commonly swarm the premises in search of food. Though not extremely common, allergies to wasps’ stings can be potentially life-threatening. Due to the venom of their stinging, wasps may lead to vomiting, breathing difficulties, faintness, diarrhea, and rashes. It is important that if you notice respiratory problems, faintness, facial swelling, itching rashes, cramps, or abominable pain that the person may be going into anapaestic shock and will require immediate medical assistance. Stings can commonly be treated with either a cold cloth or over the counter antiseptic and anti-inflammatory creams and lotions.

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Hygiene

Wasps will commonly feed themselves on nectar, or sweet fruit once they become adults. This feeding is what causes their attraction to all types of foods which contain moderate to high amounts of sugar. One of the best methods of wasp prevention is to keep working and living areas clean, which means regularly cleaning them and removing any food residues. It is recommended to do this for closets or pantries which store food as well and to properly insolate any gaps, holes, or openings which can be utilised by wasps to enter inside.

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While there are several consumer brand products that can help you take care of wasps, there is a danger to you as we have previously mentioned. Pest control services are your best bet against stopping this pest from infiltrating further into your home; and they can do so while making sure no one gets hurt. Get in touch with us today!
   

Wasp Facts

Wasps live everywhere except Antarctica.

A wasp can sting over and over again.

Wasps make nests from paper. They chew up strips of bark and spit it out again to form a rough paper. Some wasps make nests in basements, sheds, or dark, cool places.

A queen starts a new colony each spring. She raises a few worker wasps first to make the nest larger and bring food. Then she starts laying eggs. A colony can grow to 50,000 wasps in one summer.

In the fall, all the wasps die except for a few new queens. The new queens spend the winter in an old log or burrow. In the spring, they make new colonies.

 

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