When it comes to wasps there are two main species which are most commonly found in the UK. These are vespula vulgaris and vespula germanica, the latter being the wasp most frequently encountered during the British Summer. Vespula germanica is easy to identify because it has 3 black spots either side of its abdomen.
The life cycle of wasps begins in the early days of Spring when warmer weather brings the hibernating queen to start building her nest and laying the first eggs. These eggs soon become the larva of the worker wasps who are fed by the queen until they reach the adult stage. Once this stage is complete, the work of expanding the nest for the queen and the many more workers that will be born by her, goes to those first workers reared by the queen at the beginning of Spring.
The size of a nest can vary, some can get to as many as five thousand wasps. At this stage of the colonies life, the worker wasps feed mainly on insects that are high in protein to bring back to the nest, so as to feed the many emerging eggs the queen has been laying. The workers themselves feed upon a liquid secretion from the larva. It’s only when the queen stops laying eggs towards late Summer and the life of the colony starts to die, that the workers turn to feed upon sweet foods that are the menace of alfresco dining and days out and about.
Being stung is not pleasant and some 120,000 people annually are admitted to hospital for sting related problems, and for some it can be life threatening. Wasps are an important part of natures balance but the places they decided to build there nests and the problems this brings, means there’s only one option and that’s to treat the nests and destroy the colony, this process is normally complete within 24 hrs of treatment and our Chelmsford based pest control service will quickly deal with any wasp related problems you may have.
For clients such as restaurateurs wasp traps can be put in place, which can go a long way to distracting the wasps away from the clientele.
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