Wasps (Common - Vespula vulgaris, German - Vespula germanica)
Wasps are commonly found throughout the UK and northern Europe.
Like ants, they are social creatures, and form colonies consisting of workers (infertile females), males and a queen.
Hornets are part of the wasp family, and their life cycle is very much the same.
Where do they live?
Typically, wasps' nests are found in earth banks, in buildings (roof spaces or cavities in walls), in trees or bushes.
They build nests every year, with the colder months killing off workers and males. Only the young queens survive the winter to make a new nest the following spring.
Why are wasps such a nuisance to humans?
Wasps cause a nuisance for various reasons. It is usually the late summer when the workers do not have to feed the larvae with high protein food, and they can indulge in sweet substances - fruit, jams, syrups etc. They enter kitchens in search of sweet food, and while not particularly hostile, they will sting if aggravated.
As the cooler weather comes, the wasps become more irritable, and this is not helped by them feeding on over-ripe fruit, giving them the appearance of being "tipsy". Again they are better left alone when in this condition.
Earlier in the year the only nuisance caused by wasps is minor damage done to wooden fences, for example, and wooden fabric of buildings when the wood is needed to build nests.
Do wasps do any real harm?
Wasps do have a useful role scavenging for the larvae of other insects, controlling garden pests and clearing carcasses early in the season. They even dispose of rotten timber if available. However, they may carry disease picked up during their visits to dustbins, bottle banks and carcasses and can contaminate food if allowed to settle on it.
A wasp sting is caused by the injection of poison into the victim, causing redness and swelling. In some cases more serious effects occur, and you should seek medical advice if this happens.
When the nest is built in or around your propery this can be especially dangerous to all occupants, including pets.
Donkill Pest Solutions deal with all Wasp and Hornet problems, so if you would like a free survey please contact us on 07443476749 or 0843 523 0537 (Our fee for Destroying a Wasp Nest is £45 to £50)
(Free site surveys are subject to availability and are not to identify if you have a infestation in the first place (this can be mostly be done over the telephone))