Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris), this species is found throughout Britain
They are social insects forming colonies inside nests which are constructed of chewed bark and timber mixed with saliva. The nests can be found in Roof spaces, Soil banks, cavities in walls and trees.
The queen emerges from hibernation around April and searches for a suitable nesting site and starts making the nest. The nest starts off smaller than the size of a golf ball but by late summer will be size of a football or larger with up to 3,000 to 5,000 individuals. The first brood of the queen are sterile females whose job is to enlarge the nest and provide food for the next batch the queen lays.
As late summer approaches males and young queens emerge to mate and the fertilized queens will fly away to find a suitable place to hibernate over winter. On the onset of cooler weather, the workers and males become sluggish and when feeding on over ripe fruit they appear to be tipsy and become will aggressive towards anyone that interferes with them.
There are other species of wasps like the Hornet (Vespa crabro) which is the largest of the wasps but this is relatively uncommon.
Signs of presence.
- Nests: Can be seen in lofts and trees and shrubs.
- Traffic: Constant traffic of wasps coming and going to the nest e.g. Roof space or facia sofits
- Nuisance: Late summer , they become a nuisance looking for sweet substances around Picnics, Bakeries, Pub gardens and Bins. Wasps can give a painful sting which to some people who are allergic can be lethal and the person could go into anaphylactic shock. These hyper sensitive people usually carry emergency medication in case they are stung.
We Cover Sheffield, Nottingham, Rotherham, Lincoln, Derby, Doncaster, Worksop, Retford, Dinnington, Gainsborough, Newark, Chesterfield, Matlock, Ashbourne, Mansfield Hull.