Total wasp control in Maidenhead, Ascot and Windsor
Wasps only appear in the summer months, where do they come from?
Queen wasps will emerge from hibernation around mid-April in towns like Maidenhead and begin searching for a suitable nest site, often this will be a hole in between roof tiles leading into the loft or a gap in brickwork leading to a cavity wall. By the end of a hot summer an average wasp nest may contain between 3,000 to 15,000 wasps.
Wasps frighten me why are they so aggressive?
Wasps are insectivores and prey on other insects and have a natural aggressive behaviour which is made worse when a wasp is harmed or crushed; the wasp releases a series of distress chemicals known as pheromones provoking other wasps in the vicinity to attack. Wasps have even been known to attach themselves to an ‘aggressor’ to act as a homing beacon so that other wasps know where to attack!
So do wasps eat other insects?
Adult wasps don't eat the insects they catch; they feed these insects to the their larvae in the wasp nest chopping them up and mixing them with saliva turning it into a form of insect porridge. The larvae then feed the adult wasps a sugary substance which they drink - this is why they are attracted to sugary substances.
The Queen Wasp will finish laying eggs in late summer and then she dies, when the remaining larvae have pupated into males and new Queen Wasps there is no more food being produced for the wasp 'drones' - this means the wasps are starving. They will then leave the nest searching for sugar rich food; fallen fruit, sugary drinks and our picnics are all sources of food for the hungry wasps.
Maidenhead Pest Control are wasp exterminator experts working throughout Maidenhead, Cookham, Holyport, Ascot, Windsor and throughout Berkshire.
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Wasps appear to be different to me, are there different types?
There are three species of wasp and hornet commonly found throughout Maidenhead and Berkshire, these are the Common Wasp which forms a creamy coloured nest, the German Wasp which is sometimes referred to as the European Wasp; this is recognised by the three dot markings on its face and builds a plain grey coloured nest. Another common wasp found throughout the area is the Tree Wasp and as the name suggests this insect builds it nests in trees and hedgerows and due to its nest building in the open; these are extremely aggressive.
Are hornets just big wasps?
Hornets are different to wasps: currently at large in Maidenhead and throughout Berkshire you'll find the Common or European Hornet; these are much larger than wasps and pack a much more powerful sting. Generally hornets are very docile, more so than wasps and if their nest is not causing any problems they should be left well alone. The least well known hornet, which has not yet reached any parts of Berkshire or the South East, is the Asian Hornet or Yellow Footed Hornet; these are alien species and have resulted in numerous deaths on the continent. If these are found they need exterminating as they are a potential hazard threatehning to wipe out our beekeeping industry.
Maidenhead Pest Control are wasp exterminator experts working throughout Maidenhead and Berkshire and aim to attend the same day to resolve your wasp problem giving you the chance to enjoy your home and garden. Wasp nests are treated with a modern insecticide that is not toxic to mammals but highly toxic to the insects which results in a fall in activity within hours; we guarantee all our treatments to give you peace of mind.
My wasp nest was treated a few days ago and now there is a strong unpleasant smell.
There are occasions in late summer where a treated nest contains a high proportion of Queen Wasp larvae; these are much larger than the usual drone larvae that you generally encounter and when these die after treatment it means there is a greater volume of liquid within the nest. We treat wasp nests with a dry powder and the actual nest material is made from chewed wood pulp; think of something just a bit thicker than tissue paper. These nests with the Queen larvae can decompose with a strong odour which is similar to rotting fish; these will often dry out due to their location within a cavity wall or the loft in a day or two, if accessible we can arrange to remove these for you, however its worth noting that wasps DO NOT RE-USE old nests so leaving them does no harm.
Please note as a responsible pest controller, we do not treat bees nests but will happily give advice on living alongside bees as we really need them!