People often have an inherent fear of wasps. They are large, conspicuous buzzing insects with yellow and black striped, wasp-waisted bodies, 10-15mm long. They have a sweet tooth at one end and a painful sting at the other.
The larger queen wasp hibernates over winter, and then makes a new nest in the spring in which to lay her eggs. She feeds her young on insects until they grow into the worker wasps, around three to four weeks later. Workers, all sterile females, forage for over a mile in search of food. A single nest can produce 30,000 wasps in a year.
Nests can be located within wall or roof cavities, lofts, air bricks, garden sheds, trees, thick hedges, bird boxes, garages and out-buildings.
Care should be taken when dealing with wasps as they have a potent sting and can attack in large numbers if disturbed or threatened.
The risk from wasps is particularly high towards the end of summer – it is preferable to treat a nest earlier in the year before wasps become more aggressive.
IDM offers a prompt and effective service against wasps.