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Identify your Pests > The Common Wasp

Vespa vulgaris

Insects: The Common Wasp

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Identify Wasps and Wasp Infestations

The common wasp (Vespula Vulgaris) belongs to the same order of insects as the ant and is one of the most highly evolved insect species known to man. Wasps are organised using e a cast system. By this system, wasp nest building, nursing the larvae and sourcing food is undertaken by the workers (sterile female wasps). Reproduction is performed by the queens (fertile wasps) and the males are responsible for fertilisation.
Adult worker common wasps are approximately 12–17 mm (between 0.5 and 0.7 inches) long from head to abdomen, however the queen of the same wasp species measures about 20 mm (about 0.8 inches).

Wasps are seasonal pest insects, with their queen emerging from hibernation in spring, rapidly start building the nest and the wasp queen lays her first eggs. Nests are often excavated in dry soil or built in roof gaps. Although recent years have seen wasps becoming active in early April or May, the first worker wasps usually emerge in early summer months, usually in June.
During the warm summer season these insects focus on the construction of the nest whilst the queen continues to lay reaches about 2000. Other males are developed to fertilise the new queens.

Autumn is mainly the mating season between the males and queens and sees the social degeneration of the nest, as the workers may not return. During the cold season, the queen hibernates and all the males and worker wasps die. The complex nest is made redundant and never re-used, although it has been known for an adjacent nest to be built, so extra attention should be paid when removing old nests, especially during active seasons.

Wasp Sting Identification and Treatment

Wasps sting to protect their colony and defend themselves. When stinging, wasps inject venom through their ovipositor.
The wasp sting or more specifically wasp venom is a highly evolved biological weapon. If a person is allergic to the wasps’ venom and they are stung, the substance can induce anaphylactic shock. Most people are not allergic to wasp venom, however the sting still causes pain.
In severe cases when a person is allergic and if treatment is not applied immediately the sting can be potentially lethal.
Wasp venom is accumulative i.e. the more stings you receive the more severe the reaction. Even if not allergic to wasp sting, a large dose of venom (resulting from multiple stings) can prove lethal to anyone.

 

The Common Wasp: Treatment & Prevention

Removal & Prevention of the Common Wasp

The most direct method of treating wasps is to destroy the nest; often an easy task for the trained pest control professionals, when they can be located/reached.
When confronted with commercial / Industrial wasp problem when the nest cannot be located, the wasp population can be reduced by the use of professional traps. Insecticidal baits are placed to intercept the wasp on its way to and from the feeding site. These traps will catch adult wasps before they become an annoying pest. Wasp traps work very well in pub gardens, picnic area and other external eating areas.

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