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Wasps and Wasp Control in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and Verwood.

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If you think that by living in towns like Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch or Ringwood that you will be immune from experiencing wasps and their nests, think again! The wasp is highly adaptable at setting up home in the most unusual and unlikely places.

OUTSIDE WASPS NEST

OUTSIDE WASPS NEST

The common wasp is a highly sociable insect living in colonies containing a single queen wasp and many workers (females) and drones (males) and is recognisable by its yellow and black stripes. In some extreme cases one colony can consist of a nest with up to 10,000 individuals! The fear of wasps is known as spheksophobia.The queen wasp builds a small nest made out of masticated wood obtained from many sources which can include fences and garden furniture and it can vary in colour depending on the source. The nest can be built underground in an old animal burrow or compost heap or above ground in trees or bushes. Underground nests are a popular choice where the soil is more sandy in areas like Sandbanks, Poole, Corfe Mullen, Upton, and Wareham. Other sites include sheds, garages or under the eaves of properties and in lofts and cavities and these are found in more built up areas like Boscombe and Bournemouth, Christchurch and further afield like West Moors, Verwood and Ringwood. (Obviously there are exceptions.)

Once the nest is built, the queen wasp will lay her eggs and will take sole responsibility for all the caring and feeding until the first brood has matured, these will be infertile female wasps which are smaller than the queen wasp and known as workers. In turn these then take over from the queen wasp rearing the eggs and larvae and looking after the nest, the queen wasp then devotes her entire time to laying more eggs.

WASP NEST UNDER GUTTERING

WASP NEST UNDER GUTTERING

The larvae feed on flies and caterpillars and other smaller invertebrates which are brought to them by the adult wasps who themselves feed on nectar and the sweet excretion from the larvae. This process continues throughout the warm summer months, with the nest growing in size all the time.In late summer the first of the male wasps are born and these are identified by their long antennae and it is these that will mate with the new queens that are also born around this time. When breeding ceases the male wasps soon die off and the new queens will disperse to overwintering sites to build their small nests to eventually hibernate over the winter period and the following spring, start the whole process all over again.

During late summer and early autumn, once the breeding cycles have finished, the queen wasp will die and the workers no longer have eggs or larvae to attend to and lose the supply of food from the larvae excretion and go out on the hunt for food, this is when the risk of a wasp sting, is at its greatest. In their search for food, conflict with man is inevitable, as they will visit B-B-Q’s, dustbins, kitchens and any other sources of sweet food.

Wasps will only normally sting when defending or protecting their nests, so if you suddenly come into contact with a nest, retreat slowly, avoid the instinct to run, as any sudden movement will trigger the wasps defence mechanism. The temperature in a nest can be up 10 degrees warmer than the air around it, so on a hot day the wasps are likely to be more aggressive. It is only the female wasps that sting.

ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK

In most cases a sting will result in a painful swelling which should soon subside, however in some extreme cases the result could be more dangerous or even fatal. Medical attention should always be sought if stings occur in vital areas. (eg. Mouth or eyes) or multiple stings are suffered together. The following is a very general outline of symptoms to look out for after any sting including bee or wasp:

Slight Reaction – Inflammation, itching, sickness and anxiety developing within an hour after the sting.

General Reaction – In addition to the symptoms of a slight reaction, swelling, chest constriction, wheezing, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or dizziness may also occur.

Severe General Reaction – Further symptoms are difficulty in breathing or swallowing, hoarseness, confusion, or a feeling of impending disaster.

Shock Reaction Cases – In addition to the above, a bluish discoloration of the skin, a drop in blood pressure, collapse, incontinence or unconsciousness.

OVERWINTERING QUEENS

The solitary queen wasps that will start the whole process again, will seek out nest sites somewhere cool and dry and frost-free. Between October and April they will hibernating both indoors and outdoors, so beware when carrying out any DIY jobs or spring cleaning around the house. They will be found in lofts, greenhouses, sheds, pots, woodpiles, BBQ’s and sometimes in curtains that have not been opened or shut for a while in unheated or cool rooms. Look out for “golf ball” sized nests.

GENERAL POINTS

Keep dustbins clean with a firmly closing lid and away from doors and access points.

Tie up rubbish bags and store away from doors and access points.

Cover up all leftover food, drinks, especially at picnics.

Take care if eating fruit outdoors.

If preparing food, close doors and windows, or leave slightly ajar to prevent access.

If fruit trees in garden, ensure fruit is picked as it ripens and dispose of any rotten fruits.

Avoid mowing lawns or working with flowers when wasps are collecting nectar.

Some hairsprays and lotions can attract wasps.

Some DIY wasp products contain chemicals that excite wasps!

WASPS NEST FROM BUSH

WASPS NEST FROM BUSH

SUMMARY

Wasps are beneficial to the garden by removing aphids, flies and larvae, caterpillars and many other garden insect pests, they also help to pollinate plants and any damage they cause by nesting is minimal, it is when they come into contact with man that the problems occur and in some extreme cases be fatal. With the global changes in temperature, the wasp season has extended over the past couple of years and if a nest is immune from frost or cold, (a cosy loft) it could carry on later into the year.

If you need help with wasps or have a wasp problem or you need wasp removal or you have a problem With ants, rats, mice, squirrels, birds, moles or rabbits or you need help with pest prevention or have a pest control problem in and around Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood, Verwood or any BH postcode area, call:

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