Wasp Nest Removal: Life Cycle
In April hibernating wasp queens begin to stir from their slumbers. They hibernate under tree bark maybe old mouse holes your garden shed your loft anywhere dry and away from the worst of the winter weather.
Queen wasps awaken from hibernation and set about the task of building their nests made from dead wood and wasp saliva which they mash up to make a type of paper mache. She can choose any location from a hole in the ground to under the ridge tile of a building and anywhere in between. At the start she builds a nest about the size of a golf ball and in here she will build cells and lay about a dozen eggs which she tends and feeds. The eggs take about two weeks to develop into the wasps we are familiar with. When the workers emerge they take over the expansion of the nest and the feeding of the young leaving the Queen to her only task of laying eggs. As more workers hatch the nest can quickly grow doubling in size in a week.
What Do Wasps Eat? A worker wasp has a proboscis to drink liquid with and they get the liquid from wasp larvae. The worker will go out and catch all manner of insects which they take back to the nest to feed the larvae. In return, the larvae exude a sweet sugary liquid called chitin which the wasps now drink. This gives them a sugar hit encouraging them to go and get more insects.
As the weeks go by the nest gets bigger and bigger.They become more noticeable in July as more and more workers hatch. If you have a wasp nest you will be able to see a constant stream of wasps going to and from the nest. If you find a wasp nest on your property Do Not approach the nest. Dealing with a wasp nest can be very dangerous! Wasp’s will attack in numbers if they feel the nest is threatened.
How aggressive is a wasp nest? This factor is determined by the queen? If the Queen is aggressive the nest is aggressive, there are different levels of aggressiveness. If the nest is very aggressive as you approach the nest returning wasps will fly towards you instead of going in the nest. A wasp sting is very painful and could lead to Anaphylactic Shock and in rare cases death.
The nest continues to grow through July and August and at its height can contain 10,000+ wasps. In mid-September, about 2000 new Queens are produced from the nest. These new Queens now leave the nest never to return and prepare for hibernation. The wasp colony structure begins to break down about this time and wasps start to crave their sugar hit. This is because the queen has stopped laying eggs and there are no young to feed to get their sugar hit from, which is why you see them feeding on fermenting fruit (getting drunk?) on the ground and generally becoming a nuisance, they want your sweet sugary drink etc.
Here we have a brief rundown of the wasp life cycle, but what is happening inside the nest, what does a wasp grub look like, what does the nest look like inside. This is what I have endeavoured to find out. Keep reading to see never seen before videos of a wasp nest.