Do you need to remove old wasp nests

Do you need to remove old wasp nests

Wasps are an aggressive and dangerous infestation to have on your property. And while many people believe that a dead wasp nest will stay dead, it turns out they are very wrong. The life cycle of wasps like the yellowjacket is the perfect example of a nest brought back to life. 

The life cycle of the yellowjacket wasp follows a consistent annual pattern. The wasp queen will hibernate through the winter starting from just before the first frost. She will remain there until the warming in spring. If spring is late, she will be too. When the weather turns warm the queen will leave her hibernation area under bark or in a hollow log and begin making a new nest. This nest will just be a pocket like a nest and will suit her needs for the next few weeks as she lays her eggs and grows her workers. The workers are sterile females bent on building and getting food to feed the queen’s offspring. The queen will run her nest like this into the late fall. 

If you suspect wasp nests, do not hesitate to contact Wasp Control Hamilton for a complete bed bug eradication.

An important note about the springtime and wasps. The spring is not always consistent, a warm day may show up and the nest day could be a frost. Instead of complaining about this weather phenomena enjoy the knowledge that when this happens, millions of wasp queens die from an unexpected frost and thousands upon thousands of nests will go unbuilt. These cold spells can come at any time and they will kill off even a large nest so if you live in the north you can enjoy the outdoors a bit more without fear. 

Assuming the nest lives through the spring the wasps will continue to build and enlarge it. They will eventually reach the fall and the queen will produce females and males who can reproduce. They do so and new queens are made. Now pregnant they leave to hibernate while the rest of the nest dies off. 

This is the normal process but because most of the queens will stay on the same property when hibernating there is a good chance if the nest has not been removed, that they may return to it and revitalize it. This makes the queens job much easier and provides greater safety to her new larva. It is more common than most people realize and it can involve the same queen coming back every year. So if you have wasps you can’t ignore them. Kill the nest, remove it, and destroy it with whatever means you have access to.