At Pest EZ East, we control Pollen Wasps, Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Mud Wasps, Mud Daubers, Cicadas Killer Wasps (characterized by very large ground burrows) and Paper Wasps.
As the fall season comes to a close and winter starts to begin, queen wasps seek shelter so as to keep their hive alive. Depending on the species, they will create a temporary nest where they see their immediate food and water needs being met. The Golden Paper Wasp, for example, enjoys wall voids, attics, basements, and garages. All wasps prefer hidden places, such as under tree bark, piles of wood, stumps and even inside walls of buildings.
When the spring season comes around, the queen wasp will begin the process of creating a new nest for her hive. Typically she does not use an existing nest, but building a new one on the side of the old one is an option. She can store sperm for months, giving her the ability to lay eggs whenever she needs, without having to mate with another male wasp. At the beginning of the process, she will lay up to 20 eggs, which then grow into females and worker wasps that ensure the colony is safe and efficient. After these initial eggs are adults and can take care of the nest, the queen’s sole purpose is to lay eggs.
After this process, it is now the end of summer. The colony is now mainly adults, growing in size and number. The queen lays new queen wasp eggs as well as male eggs, and they are expected to mate. After the mating ritual, males will die. New queen wasps fly out to protect themselves during the colder months, and the lifecycle begins over again. Wasp workers live up to 22 days, whereas queen wasps live for one year.
If you notice a wasp infestation or a few pesky ones that are bothering you and your guests, contact Pest EZ East today!