Wasps in pub gardens, picnic areas, gardens and communal areas in the summertime months can immediately become a significant pain. Wasps are a social insect, forming colonies comprising anywhere from 5000 – 10000 wasps per season. The hibernating and fertilised queen will appear around mid-April time (or earlier, depending on temperatures) and hunt for a suitable nesting site.
The nest starts of as a golf ball sized nest made from chewed bark, dry lumber combined with spittle, within this appetizer nest she lays between 10 and 20 eggs, the first brood of adult workers (sterile females) will take over the development of the nest and supplying food for another bunch of eggs being laid by the queen. At the beginning of the season wasp present little or no risk (this could be a different matter if the nest is hindered with) and it’s just towards the end of the wasp season they become a pain towards people.
The queen will mate and after that leave the nest site to locate a suitable over-wintering place. The remaining workers and few staying males become dull, and their feeding on overripe fruit will create a “tipsy” behaviour, leading towards aggression towards anyone interfering together. The oncoming winter will kill off the remaining males and the workers, with just the fertilised queens living by hibernating. During this time that is the pain, the wasps will be disturbing the public in areas like pub gardens and parks etc, they often feed off the sweeter food such as children’s lolly-sodas, soft drinks alcoholic drinks, and pretty much anything including sugar.
Clearly the nest (if nearby) can be treated, but this could mean the place being out of bounds for up to 24 hours, this could then result in the lack of business and loss of gains. Yet for coping with wasps other methods can be found. New wasp treatment systems including the was plane are readily accessible to get from extermination stores that are on-line.
The waspbane is a wasp trap, and the wasps are enticed and tempted into the snare with specially developed attractants after the wasps have entered the snare they cannot escape the wasps enter the chamber of the snare to reach the attractant. The trap can be set at the end of the beer garden, hanging from trees, or around parks. In a recent study at a famous theme park, it was recorded that after instaling the snare that was waspbane in various places around the park, reports of wasp sting went down as much as 95% in 1 year.