It's that time of year for Pest Controllers across the UK to start getting their wasp suits ready and brushing off their dusters ready for wasp season.
Wasps start to build their nests in the Spring from wood pulp, the most common locations in buildings for their nests are roof spaces/airbricks and wall cavities. Outside you will likely find them in garden sheds, trees, hedges and banks.
When the queen has found a suitable place for her nest, she begins laying about 10-20 eggs in
a nest the size of a golf ball. The queen will then begin to eat some of the hatching larvae, continuing to lay eggs throughout the summer until early autumn but which time the nest could contain 3000-5000 wasps. This is definitely not something you want in or near your home, near you, your pets or children.
In the late summer the fertile male wasps and new young queens will start to emerge and mate, with the males dying and the females relocation to find a new nest and to hibernate for the winter.
Once the weather starts to get colder, all wasps in the active nest will start to die and the nest will be empty. At this point, the nest will not be used again in future but can still be removed.
If you have a wasp issue or an old nest you want to get rid of please give us a call and we would be happy to help.