Wasps – The Sign of Summer that we Could do Without!

Posted on:August 1, 2020


Summer is here and with lockdown restrictions loosening, many people are looking forward to enjoying sunny days outside – cycling around country lanes, picnics in the park and days at the beach are just some of the fun summer activities that we all look forward to as the days warm up. But one of the downsides to the days getting sunnier and warmer is that we also run into one of out not so favourite things about summer – wasps!

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In early summer, a queen wasp will wake up from her winter hibernation and go in search of a suitable place to build a nest. For some unfortunate people there will be in their homes or garages and they will need to get somebody such as this pest control Chelmsford based company https://www.stgeorgespestcontrolessex.co.uk/pest-control-essex-services/pest-control-chelmsford/ in to deal with removing it.

The queen will look for a place with wood nearby that offers some protection – she uses the wood to build the nest by chewing it and mixing it with saliva. The nests have a paper like appearance a bit like papier mache. Once she has built the centre of the nest, full of individual cells, she sets about laying eggs – these will hatch and become the first inhabitants of the nest (apart from the queen wasp herself). The newly hatched wasps then set about carrying on with building the nest whilst the queen lays more eggs and the nest keeps increasing in size.

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Keep a look out for wasps coming and going – if you see a place where they seem to be going in and out of there may well be a wasp’s nest in there.