The Shift from Spring to Summer: Dealing with Wasps in Colchester

Preparing for Summer: Effective Wasp Nest Removal in Colchester

As spring transitions into summer, the buzzing presence of wasps becomes more prominent, and you may have already witnessed this in recent days and weeks. Understanding their behaviour and learning to keep them at bay is crucial to maintaining a peaceful and safe environment for you and your loved ones. This article delves into the world of wasps, focusing on the summer months in Colchester, Essex, and answering common questions about pest control and wasp management.

When Are Wasps Most Aggressive?

Wasps are very active throughout the peak summer months, so that they can show plenty of aggression during June, July, and August, however, they generally become more territorial and aggressive around late summer and early fall as food becomes scarce. It’s important to understand that wasps will not attack for no reason. They aggressively protect their hive and themselves when they sting but can sting repeatedly.

How Long Does a Wasp Nest Last?

A wasp nest typically lasts for a season, from the early stages of spring until the onset of autumn. The lifespan of a nest can vary depending on various factors such as weather conditions, food availability, and the effectiveness of pest control measures. Being aware of the lifespan of a wasp nest is crucial for timely intervention and prevention of nest expansion. Much like bees, wasps do not live longer than a month. Most will only live for a couple of weeks, yet Queen wasps can live up to a year. As temperatures drop during late summer, the number of wasps falls considerably, and with that lack of food, the nest is often killed off, and the new Queens hibernate, ready for the next season.

How Severe Is a Wasp Allergy?

For individuals with wasp allergies, encounters with these stinging insects can be life-threatening. According to Allergy UK,  insect stings vary from 1% to 7% of the general population, and between two and nine people in the UK die each year as a result of anaphylaxis due to having experienced reactions to bee and wasp stings. The severity of the sting depends on the amount of venom injected and the individual. A sting can be painful and potentially cause a reaction ranging from hives to breathing trouble, so it’s essential to understand the signs of an allergic reaction and seek medical attention if necessary.

How Can You Safely Get Rid of Wasps?

Whilst many people start by placing natural deterrents around their property (such as peppermint, eucalyptus and wormwood), the quickest, safest and most convenient solution is to book professional pest control services in Colchester. At North Essex Pest Control, we can ensure your home or workplace is free from wasps, allowing you to enjoy the most of summer without the fear of being stung. Our Wasp Nest Removal Colchester experts are trained to eradicate wasp nests safely, and our treatments are guaranteed – we may be able to provide a 24-hour emergency response to remove nests. We’re also recognised by leading industry accreditations, such as the Professional Pest Controllers Register, Royal Society for Public Health, The Guild of British Molecatchers, National Pest Technicians Association, Basis and Wildlife Aware.

It’s also always beneficial to take preventative steps like sealing cracks and crevices in your property, covering food and garbage bins, and minimising those sweet-smelling food sources to reduce the presence of wasps around your property.

If you’re looking for a Pest Control Colchester expert  or any other surrounding area of Essex, please do not hesitate to send us a message or call our friendly team on 01206 700 644.