Wasps in gardens, picnic areas, pub gardens and communal areas in the summer months can quickly become a major nuisance. Wasps are a social insect, forming colonies comprising anywhere from 5000 – 10000 wasps each season. The hibernating and fertilized queen will emerge around mid April time (or sooner, depending on temperatures) and search for a suitable nesting site.
The nest starts of as a golf ball sized nest made from chewed bark, dried lumber mixed with saliva, within this starter nest she places between 10 and 20 eggs, the first brood of adult workers (sterile females) will assume the development of the nest and providing food for the next bunch of eggs being laid by the queen. At the start of the season wasp pose little or no threat (this can be a different matter if the nest is interfered with) and it’s only towards the end of the wasp season that they become a nuisance towards individuals.
During the latter part of the summer the queen will mate and then leave the nest site to discover an appropriate over-wintering location. The remaining workers and few remaining men become lethargic, and their feeding on over-ripe fruit will create a”tipsy” behavior, resulting in aggression towards anyone interfering with them. The on-coming winter will kill off the workers and the remaining males, with only the fertilized queens living by hibernating. In this annoyance period, the wasps will be bothering the public in areas like pub gardens and parks etc, they tend to feed off the sweeter food stuffs such as children’s lolly-pops, soft drinks alcoholic beverages, and pretty much anything containing sugar.
Obviously the nest (if close by) could be treated, but this may mean that the area being out of bounds for up to 24 hours, this could in turn lead to loss of business and loss of profits. However other procedures for dealing with wasps are available. New wasp treatment systems like the waspbane may be accessible to obtain from Animal Control.
The wasbane is a wasp trap, the wasps are drawn and lured in to the trap with specially developed attractants, the wasps enter the chamber of the trap to get to the attractant, once the wasps have entered the trap they can’t escape. The trap can be placed at the base of the beer garden, around parks, or hanging from trees. In a recent study in a well known theme park, it was recorded that after installing the waspbane trap in various locations around the playground, reports of wasp sting went down as much as 95% in 1 year.