Wasps are a temperate species that form nests in trees, soil banks, roof spaces and wall cavities. Their nests are formed of paper (chewed wood) and may become very large in size. Wasp colonies only survive a single season in the UK, new ones being started each spring by overwintered queens. They forage on a wide range of foods including spiders, insects and sweet substances. Wasps may become aggressive if threatened.
Common and German wasps are common throughout the UK and Northern Europe. They are social insects forming colonies inside of nests specially constructed in roofs, soil banks, tree cavities and walls. They are frequently associated with domestic housing where food can often be found.
With the onset of cooler weather, the workers and the few remaining males become sluggish, and their feeding on ripe and over-ripe fruit can produce a “tipsy” behaviour, leading to aggression towards anyone interfering with them. The onset of the cold winter weather kills off all the workers and the males, with only the fertilised queens surviving individually in hibernation to start new colonies in the following spring.
Old nests are not re-used although in favourable sites, a new nest may be built in close proximity to an old one.
Wasps can inflict a painful sting, a habit which increases as the insects become more irritable with the onset of cooler weather and the ingestion of fermenting, over-ripe fruit juices.
Wasp control should be dealt with by a professional pest control technician for safety reasons. Please contact Neil at Lancashire Pest Control to carry out treatment/removal of a wasp nest at your property.
Solitary and mason bees are unlikely to be confused with common or German wasps. Their colouration is similar to the honey bee and quite frequently they are associated with buildings. They prefer to make their nests in suitable cavities in buildings and will even excavate soft mortar from brickwork to make their individual nests. These can be controlled as per wasps nests.