Wasp Nest Removal & Extermination of Wasps
The 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 a foe when it causes harm to the human community. There are over 75,000 species of wasps but only some species are considered as dangerous because of their venom stings. Wasps cause big trouble when they begin to intrude in recreational areas, especially around picnics. 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 to 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 in Metro Vancouver area are yellowjackets, baldfaced hornets and paper wasps.
Life cycle of wasps
Wasp colonies will survive only for one year when all die almost in the beginning of autumn except the newly produced queens. The new queens leave their old nest and find a new one. Queen wasps 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 so they feed on other insects such as flies, caterpillars, beetles and other pests. During autumn and near the end of summer their food priorities change as their nests decline when queens stop laying eggs. They focus on collecting sweets and carbohydrates so they haunt outdoors where food or drinks are served (like picnics!). They feed on pollen and nectar from a variety of flowers for obtaining sweet content.
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 a bee suit, helmet and leather gloves while destructing the wasp nest. Never disturb and crush wasps as they could release alarm pheromone which brings 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 that 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.
If wasps are bugging you, call for wasp nest removal and wasp control in Surrey, Delta, White Rock, Langley, Richmond, Burnaby, and all Metro Vancouver.