In the UK, there exist a number of different kinds of wasps, each having a unique life cycle. Having a good understanding of different kinds of wasps is crucial if you plan to keep your garden and house free from wasps.
Common kinds of wasps encountered
Social and solitary varieties of wasps are notably the two primary kinds of wasps seen. During the peak of summer season, social wasps live together, with nest population being as low as 5,000 to as high as 10,000. In contrast, as indicated by the name itself, social wasps are normally loners.
- This type of wasps rarely causes problems for the human population. It is quite hard to even notice such wasps normally, and the pests prefer to live mainly in 4 types of locations:
- In tiny nests wasps make using wood or mud
- In holes abandoned by insects like beetles and other similar species
- In the bodies of caterpillar and other common preys. Actually, solitary wasps use stings to paralyze and kill certain preys in order to lay eggs inside the prey body. The larvae use the same body for feeding purposes later
- In underground tunnel nests made by the wasps, which can end up causing trouble in case you have the habit of walking in your garden barefoot
This variety of wasps is inclined toward creating different problems for the human population. Social wasp nests can, at times, have too much population causing even more hazards. Forming cellulose by mixing saliva with wood scrapings, papers or cardboards, nests are built on roof regions, walls, trees, house eaves, attics etc.
You do not need to worry too much about social wasp nests though, as the inconvenience is only temporary. This is due to the fact that wasp colonies change location after a complete cycle of spring and summer. The nests are abandoned during early autumn or late summer, and when that happens, you can simply use a broom stick in order to knock down the nests. If you notice carefully, you are sure to find the interiors of such broken nests very interesting and intriguing.
Note that if young children are a part the house, or wasp stings trigger allergic reactions, you should be careful. The same applies in case a nest is built in a region with sufficient amount of human interaction.
Eliminating the trouble of wasp nests
As you are interested in the subject of properly eliminating wasp nests, it is highly likely that you are encountering several wasps around your house or garden. In order to get rid of such pests, you may want to take help from a professional agency which specializes in pest control. The need for approaching an expert agency gets even more pronounce or crucial in case you have a history with wasp stings.
However, in case you think you can do the task on your own, there are certain precautions you must carefully follow:
- Using clothes that protect you is of supreme importance. Use long-sleeved trousers, proper face cover as well as eye protection for maximum safety
- If chemicals are involved, you need to be extra careful about the instructions, because certain pesticides end up hurting humans or pests if care is not maintained. Wildlife is affected by many chemicals too
- When choosing an insecticide, make sure that it is the right one you need. In the event that you end up using an insecticide that is not meant for the wasp you are dealing with, you may have to face a really angry bunch of wasps, which can be truly dangerous
- Have a first aid kit ready for any kind of minor or severe possible wasp sting
- Avoid getting too close to a nest, because wasps may decide to attack and sting you
- Understand that even though a bee can sting you just one time, a wasp has the ability to sting more than once
Steps to take for eliminating wasp nests
- If you are dealing with a nest located in a shrub or bush, watch and spot the entry and exist points of the wasps first. Then, stand around 15 feet away from the nest and use a good powdered insecticide with a view to blocking the exit point carefully. Use the insecticide in other areas too for maximum effect.
- Nests that are located on the ground require no special attention. You can just puff the tunnel with a good powder insecticide, and leave it at that.
- Wasp nests located near eaves are very common, and dealing with such nests can be tricky. Often, treatment needs to be done from the roof space interior, and loft light needs to be turned off too for ensuring safety. You may utilize a torch of course, but never directly point the beam on the nest, as wasps can follow the illuminated route. Powder insecticide is the best bet. The best option is to contact a pest control agency having good reputation if such a case arises. The decision to spend a little money is much better and wiser than getting stung.
- The need for dealing with air bricks is quite frequent too when it comes to wasp nests. Considering the under house cavity, a nest may be located inside as much as 6 feet. The overall process is not very complicated, and powered insecticide can often do the trick very well. For complete and powerful effect, it is best to spray the nest region more than once or twice, as wasps may carry inside the poison from near the entering holes. You do not really require any special instrument or strategy.
- Dealing with such wasps during the day is preferable, but you can do the same at night too. Many people choose the night option, as they need to deal with a lesser number of wasps during night time. Spraying powdered insecticide in every hole you see is a good strategy, because wasps can often use a hole if it is kept unsprayed.
Wasp nests that are found in places far above the ground, or near voids of roof need to be taken care of by professional experts only. The reason is that, such cases often demand special instruments and smart strategies. Other than that, wasp suits and certain additional safety measures are vital too.