Each year we are still surprised by where wasp nests are made. This year is no exception and we have had a few odd ones and some pretty large ones too. One thing we have noticed this year above previous years is that the wasps tend to be much more aggressive – even seemingly small wasp nests have packed quite a punch.
The other thing that has been increasing this year is the number of people who “have a go” themselves – I guess you can understand this as money is tight all round, but it really is a false economy and a major health risk.
By the time you have gone a got a can of “wonder wasp” from a supermarket (so called as they claim to kill just about every possible wasp nest – yeah right!), then attempted to wrap towels and scarfs around your head (we even had a customer who put on a wet suit and diving mask, but still could not kill the nest!), then got near the nest to spray and found the can doesn’t do what it says on the tin – is it not easier to get it professionally sorted?
After all, you don’t service the gas boiler or repair the washing machine etc yourself – you call in the specialists. Personally, I think these cans should be removed from sale as dealing with a very angry wasp nest is not something you should take on without proper PPE and proper wasp control chemicals. Cans like this can only be used for about 10% of all wasp nests found.
We then have to go into a very hostile environment – the wasps are now warned and prepared for an attack, hence one of the reasons we are seeing more aggression.
We have also had a few odd ones – pictures of which are seen in this post.
The first one was an annex which is not used much – the owners went to use this and opened the door to find it full of wasps. The wasps had eaten their way through the plasterboard. The next one was under a tarpaulin covering some sand. The builders went to get some sand and had quite a shock! Interestingly, the wasps had eaten holes through the tarp and built the nest out of mostly sand – very unusual indeed.
Now wasp nests are starting to shut down and this is actually the most dangerous time – as the queen stops producing eggs, she will die and the nest falls into chaos – workers now start fighting over food, or feast on fruit which makes them drunk and very agressive – I suggest if you still have a wasp nest to get it dealt with to stop the princesses leaving and stop the aggressive workers from being a menace.