Prevention is key if you want to avoid problems with wasps, especially during the summer months when they are most active.
When an individual social wasp is disturbed or feels threatened, they release a distress signal as a pheromone to alert their colony.
This alerts the other worker wasps that their nest may be under threat.
The wasps will appear as a mass to defend the nest when threatened and to some this gathering can be mistaken for a ‘swarm’ similar to that produced by honey bees, but in truth wasps do not swarm.
It is always easier to prevent a problem before it happens, rather than to wait for wasps to invade your home or garden.
The fear of a wasp sting can be so great that it can prevent some people from going out into their gardens.
It is recommended not to try get rid of a wasps nest yourself as it can be dangerous, as wasps will become aggressive when defending their nest.
Wasps nests may appear abandoned at the end of summer, but once the young Queen wasps have left the nest to hibernate over winter, the worker wasps will eventually die off as the weather turns colder in the Autumn.
The following Spring the Queen wasps will search for suitable locations or sites to build a new nest.
Quite often a Queen will return to the same area where a nest was built previously, simply because it’s the most suitable place, however she will construct a new nest rather than re-use an old one.
Wasp Prevention Tips
Early treatment of a wasp nest will help to keep you and your family safe from painful stings.
Making changes to your behaviour and how you handle food and drink outdoors can also help to deter this stinging pest.
Using DIY products
If you already have a problem with wasps, there are some DIY products available, including wasp repellents, which may offer some relief.
A wasp nest should not be removed directly after being professionally treated with insecticide.
It can take several days for foraging worker wasps to return to the nest.
As wasps return and enter the nest they will also be contaminated by the treatment and die off, thus ensuring the whole colony is effectively treated.
You should never try to treat a nest on your own, especially if you think you are allergic to insect stings.