Could you recognise a Wasp?
Wasps (Vespula ssp) are yellow and black in colour, they have elbowed antennae and a constricted abdomen with a painful sting at the end. A wasp’s nest is only used once, and then abandoned. The fertilised queen emerges from hibernation in the spring and begins to build a nest from wood foraged from fence posts, garden sheds and tree bark mixed with salvia. The queen will then lay eggs and care for the grubs, feeding them on insects that she has gathered until they are fully developed at approximately 4 weeks of age. The queen then stays within the safety of the nest, laying eggs while the workers enlarge the nest and gather insects for food. Once the nest is fully developed, as many as 30,000 wasps may have been produced. Towards the end of the summer, wasps change their diet from insects to sweet foodstuffs and fermenting fruit, on which they become drunk and a nuisance. Wasps pose a health risk to persons, particularly to children, pets and persons allergic to the sting, which can cause anaphylactic shock and death. Wasps can spread bacteria from their body onto food, food preparation surfaces, and utensils and can cause physical contamination to foodstuffs.
How to spot a wasp’s nest.
Worker wasps will often be seen travelling to and from the nest, especially as the nest increases in size. Nests are often made in hedges, sheds, lofts, wall cavities and old abandoned rodent burrows.
What to do if you have a wasp problem.
The first thing that you should do is call GK Pest control services. a professional pest control company that have experience of successfully treating wasp infestations. Our qualified and experienced operatives will provide control solutions tailored to the needs of your business, home and the environment.
What NOT to do if you find a wasps nest.
Tackling a wasp’s nest can be dangerous if untrained, a thorough inspection of loft spaces should be undertaken to ensure that the water tank is covered to prevent insecticidal contamination and to check for the presence of bats, as they are protected and must not be harmed.