The benefits of removing a wasps’s nest early while the queen wasp is establishing it rather than the nest becoming larger and causing a large infestation.
Respond to the queen wasp’s nesting and egg laying to prevent infestations
While some pests can be a year-round concern, some are seasonal including wasps – they’re active from spring to late summer and maybe on into the early autumn if the weather stays warmer. The spring and early summer is the time to ideally spot a nest in its early stages of development and have it removed before it grows and becomes potentially full of thousands of wasps.
An aggressive pest
Wasps are particularly unpleasant pests; they’re aggressive when anyone or anything approaches their nest and will attack ‘en masse’ in certain cases.
They can be especially annoying and possibly dangerous later in the summer. Wasps cluster around sources of preferably sugary foods and drink as their own supplies of sweeter food declines so making summer drinks outside a less enjoyable experience as they gather round to scavenge.
Removing their nest – preferably at an early stage – is well worthwhile and should be undertaken by local experts such as these Chelmsford pest control professionals.
From one queen to thousands of wasps
At the end of the ‘wasp cycle’ each year – about the time you stop seeing them around – the last of the wasps and the queen die as the weather cools off and autumn wears on. The nest then becomes dormant so could, in theory, be left alone but removal is advisable as it could encourage a nest to be built nearby by the next generation of queen wasp during the following spring.
In late summer young queen wasps that grew from the egg during the spring and earlier summer period are fertilised by males before leaving the nest to fly off to find a warm and secure place to hibernate over the winter.
You may come across a hibernating queen in locations such as sheds, small crevices or cracks. Not all hibernating queens will survive; many get killed off by predators such as spiders.
The following spring the queens who made it through their hibernation unscathed wake and seek out somewhere to build a nest. At this point, a queen may choose somewhere in your property or its surrounds such as the loft, a roof cavity, a garden shed or maybe a tree or shrub.
The golf ball size nest: beginnings of an infestation
The queen’s original nest building work produces a nest about the size of a golf ball and will be generally rounded in shape and have a pale grey or woody colour; it’s actually made from a form of wood pulp the queen produces through stripping off small layers of wood from fences and the like and mixing them with her saliva.
The queen lays a handful of eggs to start with and continues doing so as spring and summer wear on. The eggs turn into adult wasps who start work enlarging the nest, and the population of the nest could grow to between 3,000 to 5,000 wasps. By this stage, depending on exact weather conditions, it will be in the period between late May and late June when the nest contains this number of wasps.
By this point it’ll be clear enough you have a major infestation as you’ll notice wasps frequently entering and leaving the nest or, if it’s concealed, higher numbers of wasps generally ‘around’ whether near a certain area of the property adjacent to the hidden nest, in the garden, or maybe in various rooms in your home on a regular basis.
Once the weather cools off and autumn gets under way, the nest will ‘quieten down’ as the resident queen and the workers die and the young, fertilised queens leave to go and hibernate elsewhere so starting the cycle all over again.
Ideally, you’d prefer to identify and have the nest destroyed – or at least the wasps and queen inside killed off – when it’s still ‘golf ball size’ rather than when it’s larger and full of possibly thousands of wasps.
The nest is harder to spot when smaller as activity round it will be less obvious as there are fewer wasps. If you do notice the small nest – and you may if it’s situated somewhere more open such as in the garden shed – then having it removed by professional pest removers will head off the likelihood of a major infestation in a month or two’s time as the nest and number of wasps inside it grows.