Most people have seen those tiny golf ball sized wasp nests in the loft or shed, looking pretty small and insignificant. When we perform a wasp nest treatment, most customers ask what happens to the nest afterwards and how does it all work, so I thought I would share a quick video of a nest recently removed from a very small loft space – this nest took up most of the loft actually, so getting it out in one piece was quite a challenge.
Most nests are inaccessible so remain in situ until they slowly fall apart, but occasionally you get a good one like this.
This nest probably is only 4 – 6 weeks old, there was a plentyful food supply and nest building materials, and the Queen was particularly busy, but I would suggest this nest held upwards of 10,000 wasps. The nest itself is made from paper pulp, gathered by the workers and stuck together with a saliva excretion. It is extremely complex and intricate, with each cell holding one egg, which will be tended until it hatches by other nursery workers.
They truly are a thing of beauty and wonder and it does make you think about the social structure of wasps. Who makes them build such wasps nests?
The mystery of nature.
Enjoy the movie!