Wasp Nest Control Doncaster
This article will consider the life cycle of the wasp and why they should be treated as soon as they are noticed – Wasp nest control Doncaster.
It’s that time of year again when all the insects are starting to emerge. Some of my colleagues down south have already treated their first wasps nest, so it won’t be long before wasp nests start to appear in Doncaster and Wakefield.
The Queen wasp will emerge from hibernation in the Spring and will immediately start to feed to replenish her energy reserves that will be needed for nest building and egg laying. Sometimes queens will intermittently awake during the Winter as they are stimulated by warmer temperatures and central heating systems.
The choice of nest site is crucial and will be a place where it is sheltered, offers plenty of food resources and where the nest temperature can be easily regulated. We have treated wasp nests in air bricks, bird boxes, lofts, kitchen units, caravans, vehicles, greenhouses, the list is endless.
The queen wasp will construct the initial nest which is the size of a golf ball and is suspended via an anchor called a petiole. She will then lay eggs inside the horizontal cells and wait for them to hatch. Upon hatching the queen will provision the wasp larvae with chewed up insects, so yes they do perform an important ecological purpose.
The larvae then pupate within their cells and metamorphose into worker wasps. These wasps are sterile females that will take over the building of the nest and care of the eggs and larvae. The queens only job from then on is laying eggs which is why the nest can so quickly grow in size.
At this stage, the nest becomes more noticeable as workers are constantly flying to and from the nest. The material used to construct the nest is chewed up wood pulp and is sourced from trees, sheds, fences, and garden furniture, in fact any wooden item that the wasp can manage to chew. It is advisable that the nest is treated as soon as it is noticed as the nest will only become larger as the Summer progresses and the wasps become more aggressive.
We always advise customers to get a professional pest controller to treat a wasp nest because:
- We are professional pest controllers and will use the right product to treat the nest in the most effective and safe manner.
- We have the right protective equipment to ensure we are not subjected to multiple wasp stings.
- We have a range of equipment that allows us to treat wasp nests in difficult to access areas.
We have known people who have treated nests themselves which resulted in receiving stings causing anaphylactic shock, a very serious condition that requires hospital treatment. When a wasp stings it releases an attack pheromone that stimulates other wasps into attack mode which often results in multiple stings.
As the nest increases to its optimum size, the queen will begin to lay eggs that will turn into males (drones) and females (new queens). These sexual forms will mate and the females will then live on to become next years queens. This then signifies the end of the nests proliferation but sees the most troublesome period of wasp activity. As the workers job of nest building and egg nurturing is over, they are then free to look after themselves and they will seek out any sweet substance to satisfy their sugar craving. This brings wasps into our homes and businesses seeking out fruit, jams, sweets, drinks etc. and causes panic to many people.
As the colder temperatures arrive, the queen, males, and workers will all die off. The only wasps to survive are the newly mated females which will feed themselves up to hibernate and then start a new nest the following year.
Wasp nest control Doncaster and Wakefield areas
At Kestrel Pest Management we offer a professional wasp eradication service to the homes and businesses of Doncaster and Wakefield.