We all have our own way of coping with the winter. For some, it’s a time of layering up with warm clothes. For others, it’s all about enjoying the cold. While winter too has its set of pests, have you wondered what becomes of the ones who can’t stand the cold? Take the wasps, their nests can commonly be spotted around homes and commercial properties during the warmer months of the year.
When you can see them, your control and removal measures become stronger and more effective. But how do you cope with them during the winters? Do wasps even live through the winters? If you find a wasp nest during the winter months is it safe to get rid of it yourself? Or what should you do once you spot the nest? We bring you some of the first wasp-related questions that hit you as soon as the winter starts to set in.
How this information can help you?
When tackling any pest problem, you need to be familiar with their behaviour to create a successful wasp removal and control strategy. This information also betters your inspection. Let’s begin by answering commonly asked questions related to wasps, their nests, and the winter.
Where do wasps head during the winter months?
Like other insects, these too don’t like the cold. During the winter, the colonial wasps die, and the queen hibernates. At this time, the nest largely remains uninhabited as the queen chooses hollow barks of trees or crevices in your home to hibernate.
Gradually, as the summer warmth arrives, she wakes up in search of food. Some extra information to keep in mind is that they are slow and disoriented when they wake up. Just like us humans, it takes them a while to figure things out. It helps to know that it’s easier to catch them since they cannot dart away quickly. However, you still need to be careful to avoid getting stung.
Do wasps survive the winter?
As mentioned above regular wasps don’t but the queen wasp hibernates and lives through. Unlike other insects, these pests do not die due to the freezing cold but out of starvation. If you are familiar with Australian winters, you’ll know some winter months are actually warm. During this time if the queen wasp awakens, getting tricked into thinking the winter is over and fails to find any food, she can die. Once, you realise the winter is over, keep an eye open for any wasps in search of a new nest in and around your home or office property.
If you spot a nest during the winter months can you dispose of it yourself?
We would strongly advice you not to. Their stings can be extremely fatal and painful. Although they are inactive during the cold, there may still be leftover wasps in there. Do not even try to burn the nest down as they become very aggressive when threatened and you could bring on an unprecedented attack.
Will they hibernate inside or around your house and property?
Yes, it is quite possible. As mentioned earlier, they just need a warm dry place so that their winter sleep remains uninterrupted. For that, cracks in the wall, crevices between windows, etc. can prove to be an excellent spot. Quite honestly, they aren’t even a nuisance during this time.
But you’re better off avoiding them entirely since once they wake up they might choose their sleeping spot to be perfect to build their nest. A thorough inspection from time to time can help you find such spots and fix them up to avoid getting an infestation at hand. You should consider this as a precautionary control measure.
A wasp inspection or infestation can be difficult and although it is unlikely to take place during the winters, there are symptoms pointing towards you developing such a problem later on.
As in the case of any pest, you need to carry out regular control and removal treatments at the hand of the professionals. This not only ensures a thorough job but also gives you the benefit of a guarantee. Apart from that stay in the know-how pest behaviour to help you cope with problems in a better way.