There are many species of wasps which we fear. The wasp’s presents as an aggressive pest in nature; of many of the species are aggressive and will sting, but not all wasps sting, as humans we don’t take this chance lightly and usually remove them from our environment.
The Paper wasp and the European wasp are usually social they are territorial and will attack on mass if under threat.
The paper wasps feed on nectar but catch caterpillar to feed their larvae. Often found in trees and eaves of our homes and buildings. The male & worker wasps die in the winter, queen and male start mating in the autumn, the queen survives the winter, emerges in the spring and starts nest building and egg laying.
The queen builds a nest which consist of cluster of hexagonal cell shapes made from wood fibres mixed with saliva, she then lays her eggs in each cell. The queens gathers food up until late spring early summer when the female workers take over the duties of foraging and nest building the queens is let now to continues to lay eggs.
The other type of wasp is the solitary or individuals which tends to work alone and are not aggressive.
Wasps are least active at night and where possible should be treated at this time. European wasps are also known to be a threat to our honey bee population by taking over the beehive.
Wasp’s diet is made of insects, protein and sugars; it is essential to eliminate access to soft drinks, beer, salad, meats, biscuits and cakes