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Wasp Removal

Lees gerus hierdie bladsy in Afrikaans

Not as common as bees are around the garden wasps are nevertheless a whole lot scarier to look at. They are also more territorial and so will defend their hive more aggressively than bees.

Solitary wasps are a common sight and the do not depend on the social structure of a colony and seldom are a problem.

Social wasps on the other hand rely on the security a colony or swarm provides.

Social wasps are the kind that you see building hives that resemble a football.

A social wasp colony will have a laying queen and the rest will be males with which to mate and sterile female worker wasps.

Wasps are predators and parasitoids meaning that they will use other insects, often spiders as a place to lay their eggs so that the larvae can feed off the host. Adult wasps sometimes visit flowers for nectar and also eat fallen fruit or carrion.

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Wasp nests

Wasps like the sun and if not in the wild will build a nest

  • against the wall of a house
  • under an awning
  • windowsills which protrude a bit
  • in a tree
  • in bushes
  • patio or verandah

How does a wasp nest look?

Wasp nests are either open which is when they are still being built. This is a slow process, but the queen will begin laying as soon as there are cells available.

Some nests resemble a ball, usually this is because the nest has been there for a while or there are a larger number of wasps which will speed up the building process.

The hive is either made of a paper like substance which the wasps produce from plant matter or the hive is a mud/clay hive. The wasp will gather the clay and build the nest by forming little balls and adhering them to the surface of the hive location and to each other. This is reminiscent of a swallow nest.

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Wasps and bees are not friends

Yellow jackets are among the more common wasp. All yellow jacket females are able to sting, unlike bees they are able to sting repeatedly.

They are also predators of common pest insects, but occasionaly you may find that they will attack non-predators like bees. This is usally a result of unfavourable conditions like a lack of rain or extreme heat, possibly even hunger. This is a robbing situation rather than one of bullying.

The following video shows how the wasps attack a beehive.

 

Last updated 30 January 2014

Buzz Bee Removals
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