You may remember the article a few weeks back on the barrel-sized wasp nest that was found in an attic during a house renovation. This week, another house renovation brings another attic wasp discovery, but this time there were ten nests!
In a Hampshire village to south west of London, a painter got the shock of his life when he lifted a loft hatch. Cue pest control!
Ten Gigantic Wasp Nests
When renovating a 400-year old house, there are bound to be a few surprise discoveries. However, no one expected one of those discoveries to be ten gigantic wasp nests!
The contracted painter for the Hampshire renovation lifted the loft hatch of the period property, and quickly snapped it shut again after noticing a large nest. After notifying the owner, pest control was brought in. Attending what seemed to be a regular wasp control call out became something quite different for the pest control technician. On inspection, an array of wasp nests was found – some of the biggest the pest control company had ever seen.
Out of the 10, only two were still active, but these contained thousands of wasps on their own. The others dated back over the past few years. Only one could be removed in tact, but the others were too large to fit through the loft hatch. These were broken down and removed, and then the attic of the Hampshire property was fumigated.
Why Don’t Wasps Use the Same Nests?
Reading this article, many people may be asking why wasps don’t just reuse a nest, rather than building a new one in close proximity to an existing one. Top Dog Pest Control’s operations manager, Dean Mannion, explains:
“While finding ten large wasp nest like this isn’t something that you see everyday, it is not unusual to find an disused wasp nest close to a live one when attending a wasp control call out.”
“The fact that wasps have nested in a particular location shows that the conditions are favourable for the queen to establish a colony. Therefore, nests can pop up in the same area year after year, especially when left undisturbed like the ones in Hampshire.”
“However, wasps will never reuse an old nest. The natural life cycle of a wasp means that the majority of a colony dies off as the weather starts to cool in autumn and food source get depleted. A certain few become queens, which hibernate over winter in a secluded spot. This can be in a garage, a shed or anywhere else that is sheltered from the winter weather, but will never be in the nest itself. On emerging from hibernation the queen wasp will start to build a new nest, which can often be near to a nest from last year. This can give people the impression that wasps are reusing a nest, but in fact they are just taking advantage of the conditions of a specific location.”
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Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control. Top Dog Pest Control provides London wasp control services.