The most frequently found species of wasps are the German wasp (Vespula germanica) and the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris). They are very similar in appearance, as well as behaviour. Both species of these insects are equally as much of a pest. Wasps have four wings and narrow waists, with shiny bodies patterned in black and yellow. Some people may confuse bees for wasps. Bees are completely different, with shorter bodies which are round and hairy. They are usually darker in colour than wasps, ranging from black and yellow to reddish-brown. Bees are generally not a threat unless they swarm. They are capable of stinging, but bees can only sting once before dying. Wasps are much more aggressive insects and can sting many times. This is partly why they are a nuisance.
Wasp Habitats & Behaviour
Wasps are social insects and form colonies. The wasp colony will reside in a nest which they build in a suitable area. For them, a suitable area would be a cavity in a wall or the roof. Wasps can also build nests in soil or trees, usually preferring to nest higher off the ground. Once a wasp colony decides to construct their nest on your property, you have a wasp infestation on your hands. They build paper nests from wood pulp, which they manufacture by chewing wood fibres and mixing them with saliva.
The Queen wasp will start a new nest every year. Queen wasps hibernate during the winter, then emerge in April to find a new nesting site. Worker wasps normally do not survive the cold winter temperatures. The Queen is the only wasp who is able to lay eggs, and rears broods of worker wasps throughout the summer. Generally, there will be 3,000 – 5,000 wasps in a colony, but they can grow up to 10,000. Wasp nests are greyish or straw-coloured and grow to around the size of a football.
Wasp Nest Health & Safety Risks
Wasps are a nuisance for many reasons. They can make scratching, popping, and buzzing noises. The constant sounds can become annoying over time. The paper nests can also be an eyesore if they are in a visible place. They might deter visitors from coming to your home as they do not think it is safe. Wasps are very aggressive and can attack and sting without warning. This also puts young families at risk, as children are naturally curious, especially while playing outdoors during the summer months.
Their ability to sting repeatedly makes wasps a danger to people in the vicinity of their nest. A wasp sting will result in the area becoming red and swollen and discomfort or pain, which can last more than a day. Some people have an allergy to wasp stings. Around 3% of people suffer extreme or life-threatening reactions to wasp stings. Wasps inject lactic acid when they sting, which could cause anaphylactic shock and even lead to death. Contact a wasp nest removal service to avoid these risks.
Wasp Nest Removal Service
Standing on ladders to access wasp nests and risking a swarm of the stinging insects which defend it is not a good idea. Wasp nests are tough to destroy and remove, so only people with the appropriate training should even attempt this. If you have a wasp infestation on your premises, contact Premier Pest Control for wasp nest removal in Liverpool or other nearby areas. We will use a safe and industrially-approved insecticide to ensure extermination of the wasp colony. This can be applied to the outside of the nest, so worker wasps can carry it inside, or directly into the nest itself. Industry-grade insecticides are guaranteed to act quickly, so we can eliminate wasps from your premises in an efficient manner. Due to our fast response time, we can come to you on the same day that you call.
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