Believe it or not, Wasps are hugely beneficial early in the year as they build their nest.

Only Queen Wasps survive over the winter to emerge when the weather begins to warm in Spring. The nest begins as a tiny delicate structure with only a few cells for eggs to develop through the larval stage to adult workers.

Worker wasps are very busy throughout their lives and are rewarded by the Queen as they bring food to the nest, so we hardly notice them. This "rewarding" stops as the season's cycle reaches the point where new Queens are leaving the nest to find a place to spend the winter.

At this point, usually late August or September, the Wasps start looking for sweet substances to replace the Queen's reward which is when they become a problem. Of course, this is when we are enjoying the outdoors, with ice cream, soft drinks and perhaps beer or a glass of wine - everything they are attracted to!

The solution - if the nest is found a treatment can be organised to destroy it safely and with minimum impact to the environment. There are sprays and foams sold to the DIY market but we would advise extreme care and we would never treat a nest without full protective equipment.
Protecting open Terrace areas
It is not practical, or desirable, to eliminate all nests. Outside areas such as Patios, Beer Gardens and Bottle Banks attract Wasps searching for food sources. The risk of stings to people in these places can be greatly reduced by protecting the area with Waspbane traps.

With an understanding of Wasp biology and their habits we can place these traps at the right time and in the optimum location to minimise the number of Wasps that cause a nuisance.
Wasps Nest Gallery

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