Wasps & Hornets
At the height of the wasp nest season in August, wasps are very much in the air. Wasps are the bane of fruit growers and picnic parties. Yet, mostly, wasps are beneficial. Only in late summer do they become a nuisance.
Wasp grubs require protein to develop so the workers catch mostly insects to feed them. You can see wasps hunting in the garden for caterpillars and hoverflies. More easily observed, they seize flies buzzing against a windowpane and drag spiders from their webs. They overpower a victim and straddle it and bite off its wings, legs and take and take the rest back to the nest.
However, the workers are vegetarians and only need sugary food. For most of the summer, they forage some of their food from nectar producing plants however the bulk is obtained from the grubs. When workers return with insect prey, the grubs raise their heads to be fed and saliva flows from their mouths. This is sugary and is eagerly sipped by the workers. Even wasps work for reward.
In late summer, the queen’s supply of eggs will stop and she will eventually die, as a result there are fewer grubs developing. The many workers are then forced to go out and forage to feed themselves. They feed on honeydew, sap. Fruit is attractive when it is over-ripe, which is why they become a nuisance in the late summer early autumn.
Life-cycle of Wasps
The young queens emerge from the nest in the autumn and, after mating, select hibernation sites in protected situations, such as garden sheds and under bark even within the pleats of hanging curtains. It is not until the following spring that hibernation comes to an end and the surviving queens emerge to select suitable nest sites. The two most common species of wasp nest in the ground in banks, or often amongst roof rafters or in sheds. The queen builds her nest of paper which she has scraped wood pulp from dead trees, fencing, garden sheds and furniture etc., and after it has been mixed with saliva, she spreads it out with her jaws and tongue to create the nest.
The nest consists of an outer covering of several layers of paper, and a number of combs each consisting of many six-sided cells. A single egg is laid in each cell by the queen. 7 to 10 days later, the larvae hatch and are fed on dead insects by the queen. When fully fed, the larva seals its cell with a silk-like membrane and then pupates. When the final transformation takes place the wasp, a sterile worker, bites its way out of the cell and helps in all activities of the colony except egg-laying, which only the queen is capable of carrying out. From laying the egg to nest emergence of the adult takes from 3 to 6 weeks. The workers excavate the nest cavity, build more combs, feed the larvae with insects and later in the year construct the large cells for queen-rearing.
On average each cell in the comb is used two or three times and in a nest of 7 combs it is estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 wasps may be reared during the season in a large nest.
Towards the end of the summer the original queen lays a number of eggs which produce male wasps only and these mate with the new queens. At the onset of the cold weather during the autumn all the wasps die, with the exception of the new queens which fly away seeking hibernating sites.
Call Vermatech today to arrange treatment of your wasp or hornets nest. We will need to know the location of the nest (ground, hedge or roof). Wasp nests are seasonal and treated from mid-June to October.
All works carried out will be undertaken by fully qualified, professional technicians trained to RSPH Level 2 or equivalent.
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Common Insects and Rodents
Below are a list of some of the more typical rodents and insects we provide pest control for.
There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.
The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse are found in buildings as they seek the warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food.
Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century, the grey squirrel has spread throughout most of mainland England & Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a typical resident of urban parks and gardens.
Cockroaches are distinguished by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. There are two main species of cockroach in Britain the German and Oriental Cockroaches.
The most common species of Flea is the Cat Flea, known for readily biting humans. The Bird Flea are next in importance, followed by dog fleas, although other species may become temporarily attached to dogs.
Wasps & Hornets
If you are seeing a large number of wasps or hornets in and around your home or work, there’s probably a wasps’ nest or a attractant nearby.
Are found in numerous locations during Autumn to Spring, but usually in lofts, window frames including sash windows and timber cladding.
The commonest species of ant that invades houses is the Black Garden Ant (Lasius niger). Black garden ants are not vectors of disease, however they can become a nuisance by way of their foraging behaviour.
What Our Clients Say
Mr B, Reading
Arrived on time, surveyed problem with wasps, explained what he was going to do, put on safety clothes, did the job ,tidied up, explained what he had done, no problems, and before I got the bill he said that if he hadn`t cured the problem ,give it 48 hours and call the office and he would come back free of charge. Very pleased with helpful company and reasonable charge. Thank you Vermatech.
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