Bradford Local Pest Control Services


A small introduction to our knowledge here at Sykes Pest Control.

A wasp nest is a wonderfull piece of engineering constructed from wood which the wasps strip from fence panels and garden sheds etc. The queen wasp starts building the nest from scratch in the spring after she emerges from hibernation.

Wasp nests grow at varying rates depending on a variety of factors.
Food being key in early summer. If there is a shortage of food, the numbers of individual wasps will not be as high as "normal" years.

Available nest material is also important. Wasps strip untreated dead wood from fence panels or garden furniture and sheds which is converted into a paste that the wasps use to construct their nest. Wasps do not swarm in the same way as honey bees. Wasps only swarm around the nest location when the nest is tampered with such as when a nest is treated. 

When foraging, scout wasps find a source of food, they return to the nest to communicate the location of the new food source. In late summer/autumn when wasps no longer have a food supply in the nest they start to search out sugary foods such as fruit, beer, and carbonated drinks. Midsummer onwards into late autumn you will be able to easily tell if a nest is live. Take a few moments to watch the nest from a safe distance. If you can see wasps walking over the outside of the nest then it's live. Similarly if you can see wasps arriving at the nest and also leaving, the nest is live.


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Wasps can be useful insects, helping to control other pests
and cleaning up dead insect carcasses. They can even act be pollinators, but mostlyl they are regarded as nuisance pests and a threat to health. Many people
have a genuine phobia against them, in some cases, with good reason.
Wasp stings are unpleasant to most of us with the ability to sting multiple time, but to some they can prove fatal. 
individuals, they can kill. 
two, types of wasp the common
wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespula germanica),  are most common in the UK  both overwinter as queens, the common wasp usually hibernating in
buildings  roof spaces  garden shefs or or in old burrows  the German wasp typically in hollow trees although both will choose any dry sheltered place 
The young queen emerges in the spring, feeding on nectar and begins to
construct her new nest from wasp paper, a mixture of chewed
wood, plant debris and saliva. Favourite places for nests are bellow ground, hollow
trees,  foof spaces attics , garden sheds any dry sheltered  hollow space 
Her first batch of eggs is produced within a few days and the larvae develop within
the nest. The mature larvae construct silken cocoons in which they pupate,  Four to six weeks later, the first  workers
emerge. They are smaller than the queen and all female 
The workers then take over the  nest construction, enveloping the whole
nest in wasp paper,  They also forage for
food, ventilate the nest by vibrating their wings and feed the
developing wasp larvae.
The queen now spends all her time egg laying, each cell being used multiple 
times to rear larvae. By the end of the summer, a nest may house over 20,000
In autumn, new males emerge to fertilise new queens who go on
to search for hibernation sites. During the winter months the old queen and
workers die and the nest will not be reused

Insect and wasp venoms are complex mixtures and they can produce allergic reactions of
two types: respiratory obstruction or a condition known as anaphylactic shock
syndrome. This causes vascular collapse – breathing becomes shallow, the pulse
is almost undetectable, there is profuse sweating and the victim quickly loses
consciousness. Death from wasp stings is rapid, when compared to death from
snake venom; 66% of susceptible victims die within one hour of being stung.