Wasps can be an intolerable and dangerous pest if they decide to nest somewhere in your home, like your loft, garage or shed. So it’s useful to know when they are likely to start nesting and how the nesting and hibernation cycle can be affected by weather. So here at PestBusters we have put together a wasp fact file to help you know when to look out for wasps and their nests.
Late September time is when wasps nest reach their maximum size and the new Queen and male wasps are produced. Nests can produce around 100 Queen Wasps every year. Mid to late April is when we begin to see wasps again as the re surface in search of food. For the first few weeks the Queen wasps are expected to fend for themselves feeding and gathering nest building materials before the worker wasps begin to join in the nest building process.
So How Does Weather Affect This Process?
The weather plays a big part in how successful the wasp season will be. If we take this year for example – wasps need a fairly cold winter to keep them deep in hibernation and ultimately safe so the freezing temperatures we endured last winter definitely helped there. When spring arrives the wasps need warm dry weather so there is plenty of food available. Our Spring started out fairly warm but then we suffered that very wet period meaning the wasps would have struggled to find food and gather nest materials. The continued mild and very wet summer we have had would have hindered the wasps’ nest building even more.
What to Look Out For:
The wasps will have been steadily building their nest throughout the summer months so this is when you should be looking out for groups of wasps around your home or garden. If they are building a nest in your loft or shed you will see them coming and going all the time taking materials to the nest site.
Around this time of year the nest will be nearing full capacity and eggs will be being laid so it’s a good time to keep a good look out for wasp nests, these won’t always be visible if you have a wasp nest you will see a constant stream of wasps coming in and out of a hole in your wall or a gap in your fascias.
If you think you have need of insect control service or a wasp nest removal then get in touch with us here at PestBusters and we can eliminate them immediately. Contact us on 08000 35 1000.