Tuesday, 21 May 2019 20:02

Facts About Wasps

Wasps and Hornets are aggressive and unafraid. People are afraid of their painful stings and don’t like them because they build nests near houses during spring and summer. Here is some interesting facts about wasps:

  • Try not to kill a wasp near its nest as the venom contains a pheromone that attracts the other wasps and make them become more aggressive.
  • Wasps may sting over and over again.
  • Wasp stings usually wear off within a day, but for some people the venom causes anaphylactic shock (which can be fatal).
  • Wasp nests are made of papier mache coming from chewed up strips of bark.
  • A male wasp is called a "Drone". They die shortly after having mated with the Queen.
  • A wasp nest starts with only one queen each spring. She first raises a few worker wasps to bring food and make the nest larger.
  • In Ireland a nest can grow to 50,000 wasps during the summer.
  • In the winter some new queens survive by hibernating in attics, tree bark, old rodent burrows or other sheltered space.
  • Wasps live all over the world except Antarctica.
  • A queen starts a new colony each spring.

 

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 10:24

How to remove a wasp nest?

It is now the end of April and queen wasps are waking up from their winter hibernation.

In a few weeks, small wasp nests will appear (see picture) in any area around houses such as a garden shed, attics, eaves, trees, wall cavities and even under the ground.

Is it safe to remove a wasp nest?

First of all, you should not go near a wasp nest unless you are completely sure that you are not allergic to wasp stings. An anaphylactic reaction is life threatening even with medical help.

If the wasp nest is small enough and easy to reach, you may be able to treat it with a spray, after making sure you wear some protection for your face, hands and ankles.

Wasps are very protective of their nest and approaching a wasp nest can be incredibly dangerous if the wasps suspect they are being attacked.

You should also treat the wasp nest as early as possible in the season before it gets too big, with thousands of wasps inside.

Once the nest has been treated, you can remove it after a few days, being careful as some wasps may be still inside it and not completely dead.

If the wasp nest is in a difficult to reach location or in a confined space, e.g. inside an attic or wall or underground level, you should not take a chance and get professional help. If wasps get alerted of your approach, they will fight in swarms, and each of them can sting multiple times.

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