Wasp nest!

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Shambling Shaman

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May 1, 2006
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So new job new house a wee wasp issue...




Have got the activity down to zero with a combination of traps and spray, I've never removed a nest of this size before not even close biggest ive dealt with was at max 4" this is in the feet range.

Pointers and advice welcome.

Its also in a tight space and the pipe on the left is the boiler flue.


On a lighter note mt my new job is going well :D
 

British Red

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I've done loads this year. To be honest, if its definitely empty, you may as well leave it be. Wasps NEVER re-occupy a nest and the presence of a nest is offputting to new colonies.

Unfortunately for you, the new queens have already flown and are starting to lay up to over winter. A strong colony can produce in excess of a thousand new queens in one season. Most die over winter - but a dozen or more new nests are very possible. Initially the new queen is alone in making the new nest. Spot them early and they are easily destroyed.

I would be tempted to destroy that nest and try to block up wherever they were getting in and out. Then monitor closely next year, acting early if you find one.

You can break that one up with a broom handle - they are very papery.

Shout if I can give specific advice mate - I owe you a favour or two!
 

Shambling Shaman

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May 1, 2006
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I've done loads this year. To be honest, if its definitely empty, you may as well leave it be. Wasps NEVER re-occupy a nest and the presence of a nest is offputting to new colonies.

Unfortunately for you, the new queens have already flown and are starting to lay up to over winter. A strong colony can produce in excess of a thousand new queens in one season. Most die over winter - but a dozen or more new nests are very possible. Initially the new queen is alone in making the new nest. Spot them early and they are easily destroyed.

I would be tempted to destroy that nest and try to block up wherever they were getting in and out. Then monitor closely next year, acting early if you find one.

You can break that one up with a broom handle - they are very papery.

Shout if I can give specific advice mate - I owe you a favour or two!

Thanks Red. Didn't know about the re-occupation so that's good to know. Did catch a few (what appear to be) queen's in the traps.

On a different note Hugh I've got a lot of gray squirrel's here so once I've got my 22 added to my FAC I will defend the Highlands of Scotland from the invasion. :)
 

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