Despite the fact that wasps are much more prevalent during the summer months, due to their natural life cycle, wasps become redundant as autumn arrives and this is when they are more likely to sting.
Out-of-Work Wasps Hunt for Food
As winter approaches, wasps find themselves out of work and having to hunt for food, targeting sources in close proximity to humans. Although you may see less wasps at this time of year, breathing a sigh of relief as the constant sight of them subsides, now is the time when you are most at risk of being stung.
In the spring, the queen wasp wakes up from hibernation and begins to build a nest. She then lays eggs that produce worker wasps. These worker wasps take over the nest building while the queen concentrates on producing more young. Not being able to reproduce themselves, the worker wasps are in charge of feeding the young.
To do this, the worker wasps collect protein-based foods such as caterpillars, ants and flies. Not being able to swallow the food themselves due to their guts being too narrow, worker wasps do not eat this food but rather chew it up to give to the young. A by-product of this process is a sugary saliva, which the worker wasps use as their food source.
As the young become worker wasps and the season progresses, the queen eventually stops laying, meaning the adult worker wasps find themselves out of work with no young to feed. Consequently, they are not getting the sugar fix from providing young with their protein source, and in turn start to hunt any sugary offerings that us humans are trying to enjoy on autumn picnics.
At this point in the life cycle of wasps, this is one of their only chances to eat, so they will fight for it, administering a painful sting to anyone who tries to swat them away. Another source of food for them is fermenting fruit, but as one of our earlier articles explains, this leads to drunk wasps, which are as equally happy to fight for their food.
Wasp Nest at your London Property
Top Dog Pest Control is still out attending to many wasp nests at London properties each week. Just because we are nearing the end of the main wasp season should not deter you from calling in London pest control if you find a wasp nest in or around your London property.
Although the number of wasps inside a nest will soon start to die down, the ones that are left are hardy and hungry, and likely to attack very easily. Using a DIY product bought off the shelf is likely to merely anger the wasps and cause a risk of them swarming. Blocking up the entrance hole to the nest carries the very real threat of the wasps chewing through into the interior of your home. Either situation is highly dangerous for you and those around you. Calling out London pest control is the safest and most efficient option. Top Dog Pest Control guarantees same day service when you call to report a wasp nest, wherever you may be in London.