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What time of year do wasps build nests in the UK?

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    As the seasons shift and nature awakens, so do the stinging insects that disrupt many picnics and garden parties across the country. Wasps are usually active from spring to early autumn, but it’s the summer months when their buzzing and disruption become most noticeable.

    There are around 9,000 wasp species in the UK, all of which need to find a place to live and breed.

    In the UK, wasps typically start building their nests in late spring, which coincides with when the queen wasps leave hibernation to begin their new colonies. They look for dark, sheltered spaces such as roof eaves, burrows, trees or sheds to build their nests.

    At Malum, we have extensive knowledge of wasp colonies and the problems they cause homes and businesses. We use tried-and-true methods to provide safe and effective wasp nest removal across Hampshire and DorsetContact us today for a no-obligation quote.

    In this blog, we explore the timing of wasp nest building in the UK and help you identify them. Knowing when and where they tend to build their homes enables you to protect your home or business from potential infestations. Keep reading to find out more about the various aspects of wasp nests.

    When do wasps start to build nests?

    Wasp season lasts from early spring until late autumn. It starts when the new queen wasps build their nests and colonies around late April and early May.

    You’ll notice the height of wasp season is during the summer months when the wasp nest is fully built and populated. During this time, the adult wasps leave the nest in search of food to bring back to the nest for the larvae. This is why we tend to see so many wasps hanging around picnics and BBQs during summer.

    Where do wasps usually build their nests?

    Wasps build their nests in various places and are happy to settle anywhere that provides shelter and protection from the outside world. Since many hibernating queens die off during the harsh winter weather and due to certain preditors, a quiet and undisturbed location is crucial for survival.

    Popular nesting locations include old animal burrows, trees, loft spaces, garages and roof eaves.

    How long do wasp nests stay around?

    Wasp season starts at the beginning of spring (around April to May) and typically ends in early autumn (around September time). During this time, the nests hold a vital role in the continuation of the wasps’ colonies, allowing the life cycle of the wasps to take place.

    The wasp nests stay around for a good few months, serving their purpose, and then the wasps die off towards the cooler months. Once the nests are no longer in use, they become redundant.

    Wasps building their nest

    What is the life cycle of a wasp nest in the UK?

    In spring, around April time, any surviving hibernating queen wasps emerge from their winter slumber in search of new areas to establish their colonies. This marks the beginning of nest building.

    Once the queens have found the perfect location to nest, usually under roofs, in sheds, lofts or garages, they build the foundations of the nest. Here, the queen wasps lay eggs, ready to start the new wasp colony.

    These eggs hatch into the first group of worker wasps. The female worker wasps play an essential role in the nest-building process. They maintain the colony, continue collecting materials, and expand the nest while the queen wasp focuses on laying more eggs and growing the colony.

    By late summer, the wasp nest could grow as large as a football and house thousands of wasps. During this time, the queen begins to lay unfertilised eggs that hatch male wasps (also known as drones) and focus on producing new queen wasps. Once the young queens and drones have mated, the new queens will leave and go into hibernation, ready to begin the process again the following year.

    How do you know if you have a wasp nest?

    Identifying a wasp nest in your home or workplace is vital to proactive pest management. Incessant, loud buzzing is usually a good tell-tale sign! If you notice an uptick in the number of wasps around your property or see them accessing a specific area, then their papery, greyish home is likely nearby.

    Of course, you might also see the wasp nest itself.

    Will wasps come back if you destroy their nest?

    To ensure a quick, effective, and safe wasp nest removal, it is always best to seek local pest control advice to ensure no harm comes to you or your property. So long as the wasp nest is fully removed by an experienced professional, the stinging pests will unlikely return.

    Wasps are aggressive pests, especially when provoked. Spraying a nest or even attempting to move it yourself can cause problems, and you may find yourself the victim of a few nasty stings.

    Worried about a wasp nest? Get in touch with Malum today

    If you notice a wasp nest in your home or business, the Malum Southern Pest and Bird Control experts are well-equipped to handle the problem. Don’t try to interfere with a wasps’ nest yourself – wasp stings are not pleasant and can cause serious harm.

    We specialise in a number of troublesome pest problems, including wasp infestations, and we have the correct knowledge and safety equipment to ensure a thorough removal. Our team will guarantee that the nest is completely removed and destroyed without causing harm or disruption to your property.

    We have a fixed price of £84 and can offer a same-day call-out service in most cases.

    Contact the experts today for a quick solution to your wasp problem!

    Frequently asked questions about wasps nests

    Do worker wasps build nests?

    While the nest-building responsibility falls primarily on the queen wasp in the early formation of the colony, as the nest begins to develop, adult worker wasps soon become responsible for the continued growth and development. Worker wasps gather supplies and food to continue the growth of the nest and colony, while the queen focuses on increasing its population.

    Do wasps come back to the same nest each year?

    No. Once the hibernating queens have left to start their new colonies, they abandon the old nests and won’t return to use them. If you find that wasps keep coming back each year, the likelihood is that they build a new nest each time.

    Does killing queen wasps get rid of the nest?

    While killing the queen wasp might cause disruption to the nest and colony, it won’t necessarily rid you of a wasp infestation. If a queen wasp dies, then the worker wasps will be able to take on the role of reproduction.

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