This time of year, wasps seem to be everywhere. Why won’t they buzz off?
In late summer and fall, wasps labor long hours, collecting enough nectar to feed and maintain the colony throughout the winter. Wasps visit flowers to obtain carbohydrates (nectar) and protein (found in the pollen). Late-blooming flowers that feed the wasps include asters, chrysanthemums, goldenrod and Russian sage. As the days shorten, the wasps know it’s time to go into this food-gathering mode. Wild wasp colonies may not survive if they didn’t make adequate preparations. For the most part, wasps hunker down and stay in the hives all winter. On unseasonably warm winter days, they will come out to remove waste from their abdomens and the hive, clean themselves, and forage. Of course, there isn’t much to forage in the dead of winter so provisions gathered in fall are critical to the success of the hive.
What to do if you find a wasp nest
- Don’t attempt to remove the nest on your own
- Warn others to avoid the area
- Have a professional eliminate it
Thankfully, pest control professionals such as The Termite Guy are trained to safely eliminate wasp nests so that you and your family are not threatened by these stinging insects in the fall. Call The Termite Guy at 877-termite for a free inspection.