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The overwintering fertilised queen wasp emerges from hibernation in early April and searches for a suitable undisturbed site for her colony.  The first brood of wasp eggs laid (sterile female workers) then take over the task of enlarging the nest and providing food to sustain it.  The process of egg laying will continue until late summer when the queen will lay eggs to produce males and new queens.  These will mate and the fertilised queens will fly away to select a suitable site to hibernate.

With the onset of cooler weather the workers will become more sluggish and aggressive towards anyone interfering with them, often feeding on overripe fruit they can also become 'tipsy'.  The onset of colder weather and frost kills off the workers and males with only fertilised queens surviving individually in hibernation to start a new colony (nest) the following year.  Once a nest dies in the autumn the queen never uses it again the following year.  She will always start a fresh nest the following season.

At Essex Bird & Pest Control we are experienced qualified pest controllers and deal with wasp nests throughout the season. We can swiftly have you pest free.

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