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Do you have a wasp nest in Maidenhead?
For the wasp the year starts in March, it all begins with the Queen wasp; she will have overwintered in a loft or a shed someplace in Maidenhead and she’ll emerge from her hibernation on a warm spring day. The priority is now to find food and then a suitable place in which to build her own colony – the Queen wasp will only live for seven months and during that short space of time she has an empire to build.
Depending on which species of wasp she is, the new Queen will find a safe place and start construction of her nest; there are seven different species of colony building wasps and they all have characteristics for nest building; lofts, cavity walls, sheds and hedges being the most frequently used.
Wasps are voracious insect predators and they will attack other wasps, at this time of year there is a form of insect arms race going on amongst the different wasp populations, the largest nest will get the greatest quantity of food and so the sooner the Queen establishes her nest the better. Her nest starts from a single thick stem called a petiole; at the base of the stem she starts the distinctive hexagonal shaped nest. The nest has a paper sheath around the outside and this will be used to help fasten the nest to surrounding structures as it grows.
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Our Queen had mated last year, and she retains a packet of sperm from the many male wasps that she would have mated with; the greater the diversity of male sperm the stronger the population of wasps. These first few weeks are an incredibly busy period for the Queen wasp; she must build the nest, lay the eggs and feed the larvae as they hatch and then feed herself. It’s not surprising that many Queens die, and you can see a small golf ball sized nest in may lofts around Maidenhead where this has happened.
As the colony starts to produce workers who can take over the role of hunting from the Queen, she will then remain in the nest permanently; for her this nest has become a prison which she will never leave. Her role now is to produce eggs and she will do just that; an average sized nest will contain thousands of wasps and growth is now dependent on warm weather and a plentiful supply of insects.
What started as the size of a golf ball can end up the size of a small refrigerator; this nest will house thousands of workers and eventually as the Queen comes to the end of her reign, some male eggs. This triggers a response in the workers, and they begin packing the larvae with extra protein, this sets off a reaction within the larvae and they will pupate into young Queens ensuring the survival of the old Queens DNA.
These Queens will restart the cycle that began earlier in the year, they may take to the wing and fatten themselves up for the coming winter or they may stay put and allow the surviving workers to continue feeding them. Either way they will mate with the males who, job done will now quickly die off; this period is when the wasps start to get tetchy.
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The worker wasps are equipped with sharp mandibles for chopping up insects and a mouth that works like a sucker; the workers chop up their insect prey into something like a porridge and feed it to the larvae; the larvae then feed the wasps a sweet ‘honeydew’ like liquid. The workers cannot eat anything other than liquids and without the larvae to feed them they are starving to death; this is why you’ll find wasps hanging around pub gardens as they’re after spilt sugary drinks and on fallen apples where the juice is leaking out of the apples’ skin.
Wasps use pheromones which are invisible chemical odors to signal to one another, if a wasp becomes stressed it will release an alarm pheromone which alerts other wasps in the area. Another pheromone is released when a wasp’s stings and this makes the other wasps extremely aggressive, if that wasn’t enough, wasps will even cling on to the ‘aggressor’ releasing yet another pheromone to direct the rest of the colony into the attack.
Wasp stings are very painful, and you can suffer an allergic reaction to the venom so it’s best to avoid this by not attempting to deal with the nest yourself and instead, have a professional pest controller out to successfully treat and remove the wasp nest.
We deal with wasps nests in Maidenhead in two ways; firstly by the application of an insecticidal powder directly into the nest, or by using a liquid treatment where we break the nest up as we spray. No matter which method we choose, we guarantee that activity will stop within 24 hours of the treatment. As a treated wasp nest reacts a certain way and our technician will stay with you to monitor the activity, while they’re with you they will search for any other wasp nests. It is common to have a large wasp nest that has been adversely affecting a smaller nest in the vicinity; remove the large nest only and the smaller one will now spring into life. We do not charge you for additional nests as these are all part of our commitment to customer service – our customers are our priority, and when it comes to wasp nest removal in Maidenhead you won’t get stung by our prices.
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