Close up of a wasp
Wasps are a typical summertime pest; they emerge in the spring and largely go unoticed until mid / late summer when their sheer numbers make them a major nuisance, wasps are serious insectivoires controlling other pests in turn and they do a fair amount of pollination too! It is thought that wasps pollinate around as many flowers as bee's do - and we all love bee's. 
But why are wasps such a nuisance? 
The wasps that we tend to see flying around our garden are workers or drones; all these wasps are female and as they don't pocess teeth they need sweet sugary rich foodstuffs like rotting apples, jam, fizzy drinks and the secretions from their own larvae back in the wasp nest. 
As summer goes on and we move into August the larvae numbers start to decline as the Queen wasp is beginning to wear out. Larvae in the nest maybe metamorphasising into Queen wasps themselves at this time. 
Less larvae means less food for the worker wasps who's numbers maybe in the thousands! 
Hungry wasps start to pester us; picking up sweet tones from the perfume you're wearing, laundry additives that make our clothes smell nice and ... ou food. 
That picnic you decided on is a feast for the hungry wasps and an annoyance for you! 
The most commonly encountered wasp in this situation is the Median wasp or Dolichovespula media to give its posh name. 
Easily frightened off and not usually aggressive. 
Just a reminder - we don't like to treat honey bee's 
Honey bee on a passion flower
Here at Henley Pest Control we aim to give you a technician within 24 hours of call for a wasps nest treatment - we will guarantee the treatment along with treating any other nest that we find on your property - for the same initial price. 
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