Saxon wasps - the Queen of the Town
Posted on 18th June 2020 at 09:15
As a family run business we don’t have an employee of the month scheme as we don’t feel the need however we do have a Wasp of the Month and June is the Saxon wasp, its tongue in cheek but this wasp is quick of the mark and an early finisher so we’re busy right across Bracknell with these wasps.
The Saxon wasp or Dolichvespula saxonica to give it, its posh name is found across the south of England and a recent arrival from the European mainland, they arrived just over ten years ago and have successfully established themselves due to their unique nesting habits.
The Queen Saxon wasp tends to build a colony of worker wasps around 2000 strong and these will last from as little as three months to four months at the most, they build a oval shaped nest which has a smooth outer sheath with just a single entry point at the bottom; other wasp species build in multiple entrances for ventilation and access.
The Queen wasp finds a suitable nest location in April or May and begins rearing the first brood of worker wasps, by the time we get into June there are enough workers for her to stay inside the nest laying eggs and tending to the larvae. June is when most people notice the presence of a wasp nest in their garden.
When July comes the first of the new Queen wasps will emerge, find a male and mate, at this time the old Queen will die and the colony will collapse; the workers are fed a sweet sugary liquid from the larvae so with no larvae left to feed them you will find yourself with hundreds of wasps in a confused and hungry state – everywhere!
Its common for us to get called out to a report of wasps and find that there are wasps walking around a garden with a coverage of one every four inches, literally it’s just a blanket of wasps.
Situations like this are difficult to treat and you cannot cover the garden in insecticide and so you find yourself unable to use the garden until they die off or leave in search of food. This is why its best to deal with a wasp nest and not ignore it hoping for the best.
These nests are often found in bushes but we are now finding them hanging from roof fascia boards as these areas are protected from the rain and changes in air temperature, with only a single entrance the Saxon wasp has difficulty regulating temperature within the nest.
Saxon wasps nests can also pose another unexpected hazard; all the waste material from the nest falls through the opening in the bottom, raining down onto the ground below.
This waste material provides a breeding ground for bacteria and fungus including E Coli, Candida and Staphylococcus and this can lead to infection and respiratory disease.
The Saxon wasp seems to be an urban dweller, their nests are bigger when built around houses and the population of workers tends to be higher, this wasp keeps us busy through June and so its our Wasp of the Month.
If you have a wasp problem in Bracknell and need a professional treatment, give us a call and we can have a technician out to you within 24 hours of receiving your call. All our technicians are professional pest controllers, trained and equipped to deal with any pest problem. If you need a wasp nest removed then call the professionals.
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