Wasps are a common sight in summertime, but by wintertime there are no wasps to be found.
Many people will be happy about this, as they can be very irritating, and sometimes dangerous to those allergic to their sting. However, what happens to wasps as the winter draws closer?
Most wasps die off as the winter approaches, mainly due to temperatures plummeting and a scarce food supply. Most of these wasps are male; however, Queen wasps hibernate in an attempt to make it through to the spring and early summer. With predators, such as spiders, searching for food, many Queen wasps fail to make it through winter.
Another reason is warmer winters cause Queen wasps to emerge from hibernation too early, and face starvation due to a lack of food.
Where do wasps hibernate?
Wasps prefer to hibernate in sheltered areas, sometimes including your home. Areas such as the attic, chimney, or wall cavities are favourite spots for wasps. Also, window and door castings, and quiet rooms which aren’t used as much are attractive options.
Outdoor areas surrounding your property, such as trees; the edges of roofs; and inside garages or sheds are common hot spots for wasp nests. If you notice the signs of a wasp nest, always call an expert to assess the situation before resorting to DIY methods.
Many DIY methods are unsafe if the nest is particularly large. However, it’s still possible to eradicate smaller nests by following specific instructions. Furthermore, the best time to eliminate a wasp infestation is spring and early summertime, as colonies are likely to be small and easier to deal with.
To prevent problems with wasps, inspect your property for any small holes or gaps where wasps can fly through and seal them. Treat timber framing with wasp repellent, which can be bought from your local stores. They usually contain natural ingredients, such as eucalyptus oil, citronella, menthol, and teak oil, that work to repel wasps and other insects.
If you notice a nest that’s smaller than a tennis ball, it’s usually safe to remove it yourself. Use a vacuum, and dispose of the hoover bag straight away in an outside bin with a lid that closes tightly.
If attempting to deal with a large nest, it’s time to call in the pest control experts.