Wasps love to make their presence known during the early summer and live through to the autumn.
As we enjoy the summer sunshine, wasps are busy searching for food, which makes them a nuisance and sometimes a danger to those with an allergy to their sting.
But what happens to the wasps when winter draws closer?
Wasps become more aggressive as the months go on as their food sources diminish. As the months become colder, survival becomes difficult, and the males are the first to die off.
The Queen wasps hibernate throughout the winter but are not immune to predators, such as spiders, who are also looking for food. The Queen wasps may emerge from hibernation if winter temperatures are unusually warmer; however, food is scarce, and they are prone to dying of starvation. When temperatures warm up again, the Queen can emerge from hibernation, and the cycle of colonizing and sending males to source food continues.
The one potential problem you should pay attention to is where wasps are building their nest. There are plenty of ways to avoid encouraging wasps to build their home nearby, or even inside your property.
Always clear away food from outdoor areas as leftovers will attract wasps (and other pests too). Also, clean up spillages immediately and store all rubbish in a bin with the lid tightly in place.
If wasps are building a nest near your property, you’re likely to notice the signs in early spring and they’re easier to remove during this time.
To prevent wasps from entering your building, you can install nets over windows and doors, which also work to prevent other insects from entering as well.
If you notice a wasp infestation, then it’s time to act. If over-the-counter insecticides fail to deter the wasps, it’s likely there’s a nest nearby. DIY methods to remove nests are not only dangerous but ineffective. They will provoke wasps into becoming more aggressive. Remember that there can be hundreds, and sometimes thousands of wasps in one nest.
To keep everyone safe, call an expert pest controller who has the right equipment and skill set to deal with larger infestations.