Pest Control News

Monday, 26 July 2021

Wasps

Wasps


Now the weather is beginning to warm up (how hot has it been this week!) you are likely to start seeing more and more wasps emerging. Wasps are not only annoying, they can also be pretty dangerous if they sting you. 

The queen wasp has been busy finding the perfect spot for a nest. She will begin building this on her own to lay her first round of eggs. Once these hatch and grow into adults, they then take over the building and maintenance of the nest as well as looking after the eggs and new wasps being produced by the queen. 

Nest locations can vary however some likely favourites are trees, lofts, sheds and garages. Nests are usually made of chewed up wood and can be many different shapes but a common shape is round like a football. As wasps are social creatures, if the nest site is left to grow it can become rather large! It is usually obvious if you have a wasp nest close by as you will see many wasps flying in, out and around the entrance to the nest. 

Wasps are actually very important to our ecosystem. They are pollinators like bees but more importantly they actually act as mini pest controllers themselves. Feeding on spiders, greenfly and even caterpillars-wasps are a necessity just like bees!

Unlike bees however, wasps are able to sting multiple times. This is due to their stinger being smooth. And their stings hurt! They are also able to emit a pheromone if they feel their nest is under attack which signals to other wasps nearby to attack the threat. This is why we alway suggest calling in SOS Pest Control to deal with the problem as multiple wasp stings can be fatal. Our professional and effective approach means we can deal with a wasp nest safely and efficiently.

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