Wasp Pest Control
Wasp is an economically beneficial insect, especially in the field of agriculture as they prey on pest insects. On the other hand, the same insect becomes foe when it cause harm to living community. There are over 75,000 species of wasps and few among them are considered as most hazardous because of their venom stings. Wasps cause a big trouble when they begin to intrude in recreational areas, especially around picnic. The situation gets even worse when sometimes found in Christmas tree shipments.
Wasps typically live in colonies that are headed by queens. They often attack bee hives in search of foraging worker bees and also intend steal their honey, bee larvae and pupae from the hive.
How do wasps appear?
Appearance of wasps differs based on the type of species. Perhaps, it can be identified by some of the common features such as slender body posing cylindrical legs, narrow waist, pair of wings, covered tiny hairs and a shiny appearance. The most common types of wasps that are encountered by people are yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets and paperwasp.
Life cycle of wasps
Wasp colonies will survive only for one year where all dies almost in the beginning of autumn expect the newly produced queens. The new queens leave their old nest and find a new one. Queen wasp can produce 100- 2000 eggs per day. These special eggs hatch out after some days and when it reaches pupa stage they turn into virgin queens and male drone wasps.
Wasps are predators they feed on other insects such as flies, caterpillars, beetles and other pests. During autumn and rear summer their food priorities change as their nests decline when queens stop laying eggs. They focus in collecting sweets and carbohydrates so they haunt outdoors where food or drinks are served. They feed on pollen and nectar from variety of flowers for obtaining sweet contents.
Traps with bait will help to capture queens in autumn and late summer seasons. Only limited insects could be trapped and this will not help in complete wasp elimination.
Cracks and crevices need to be sealed in order to prevent the intrusion of queens for building their nests.
Wear bee suit, helmet and leather gloves while destructing the wasp nest. Never disturb and crush wasp as they could release alarm pheromone in bringing nearby nest guards into attack.
Chemical treatments using residual insecticide can be done for removing nests but only professional companies have to handle this process.
Aerosol treatment can be used for destroying wasps those exist in exposed wasp nests.
Pour soap and water solution into the entrance that helps to exterminate the insects if ground wasp nests are found. Later cover the nest entrance with soil.