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How and Where Wasp Nests Are Built

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

If you are a regular customer of Pest Control Berkshire, you are aware that we strive to offer wasp nest removal on the same day we receive the call. Both common and German wasps are aggressive enough that we highly recommend not trying to terminate a nest with over-the-counter insecticides or household chemicals. Rather, leave the job to professionals.

With that said, wasps are incredibly resourceful creatures with a fascinating process for building nests. For example, one of the most interesting thing about wasp nests is that they are new every year. In other words, the idea that wasps use the same nest for multiple seasons is simply not true. A single nest is good for one season. After winter hibernation, wasps will emerge to build a brand-new nest in the spring.

What Nests Are Made Of

A wasp nest is a structure made primarily of chewed wood fibres. A new nest begins as a product of a queen that has emerged from hibernation and is now ready to begin building a new colony. She starts the nest by collecting wood fibres from dead trees, buildings, and anywhere else she can find it.

Over time, other wasps in the colony will reach maturity and then begin lending their assistance. As more workers are assigned to the task of building the nest, it gets ever larger. Interestingly enough, the collected wood has to be chewed into a fine paste that is then used much like humans would use clay or mud. Both the workers collecting the wood and the larvae in the nest create the paste.

Chewing the wood into a fine paste accomplishes two things. First, it creates a much more workable material that wasps can use to fashion their nests. Second, the chewing process releases chemicals within the wood fibres that act as environmental barriers. Even when dry, the paste is an excellent insulator and water barrier.

Where Nests Are Built

When Pest Control Berkshire gets a call for wasp nest removal, we know that the nest in question could be just about anywhere. Common wasps don't much care where they build as long as the location is safe and secure. They will build in chimneys, wall cavities, lofts, and even holes in the ground. German wasps prefer trees and shrubs.

The location of a wasp nest is something we have to consider in the termination process. The more difficult a nest is to access, the greater the risk of not being able to complete the job quickly. This could result in some very angry wasps.

If you have wasps on your property, please do not hesitate to call Pest Control Berkshire. We proudly serve customers across Berkshire and most of Hampshire, Oxfordshire, and Wiltshire. For more than 20 years, we have been the pest control experts handling everything from wasps and bees to the full range of rodents and vermin common to the UK. We offer fast, affordable, and professional service with the utmost of discretion on every call.

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