How wasp control works is just one of the questions you might have about the dreaded summer-time stingers. In the latest of our series of articles about wasps, here we look at some of the ‘How?’ questions Top Dog Pest Control often answers when attending call outs to wasp nest removal in London.
How Does London Wasp Control & Wasp Nest Removal Actually Work?
One of the most frequently asked questions, worried clients want to know exactly how London wasp control and nest removal works.
Top Dog Pest Control uses professional, industry-standard equipment to be able to treat wasp nests in even the most hard-to-reach areas. As wasps often nest under eaves or in attics, our technicians are fully trained in using telescopic tools to administer treatment. Fast-acting Bendiocarb is an insecticidal dust that is sprayed directly into the area of the wasp nest. Initially, there will be a lot of activity around the nest, followed by periodic bursts of activity. However, the treatment will have eradicated the nest within 48 hours, if not sooner.
How is a Wasp Nest Made?
A wasp nest is fascinating to look at. It is made of wood that wasps strip from fences and sheds. These small strips are then chewed and mixed with saliva and wax, and then turned into a paper-like substance that is used to construct the nest.
The queen wasp starts the nest by firstly making a petiole, which is the central stalk of the nest. She then adds on six hexagonal cells, which she lays eggs in. While she waits for these eggs to hatch, she creates more cells and lays more eggs. As the first sets of eggs becomes workers, the queen retires from building work and remains in the nest to solely reproduce. Along with the young, she is fed by the worker wasps. This cycle continues until the height of season, when an average nest can contain between 3000-6000 wasps.
How do Wasps Survive Winter?
In fact, it is only the queen wasps that survive winter. The rest of the nest dies off in the autumn as food sources dwindle as the temperatures lower. The queen wasps will find somewhere cosy outside of the nest to hibernate, or overwinter, often inside a shed or garage. In order to protect themselves during this time, they fold their wings and antennae in under themselves.
Once spring comes, she will emerge in search of a new location to build a nest, never returning to the same nest twice.
How does a Wasp Become a Queen?
Towards the end of the season, the existing queens lay a last batch of eggs, which are the queen eggs. From these emerge the new queens, which leave the nest to hibernate and create new nests the following spring.
Top Dog London Wasp Control
Top Dog Pest Control always takes time to answer all questions, in order to inform and reassure customers. Follow-up comes as standard, as with all our London pest control treatments, meaning you will receive call backs from your dedicated wasp control technician until you are both happy that your infestation has been eradicated.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provide wasp nest removal service in London.