Paper Wasps, Yellow Jackets & Hornets Fly from Old Nests in the Fall Looking for Sugar & a New Nest Site in Lansdale, PA
The summer time has just passed where the weather heated up. When the weather warms up people head out to do activities to help cool down such as swimming and hiking. When participating in water activities in particular, you may have started to notice that wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are also near the water and dipping in for a swim too! They are not actually swimming but they are stopping for a drink of water. But now fall is here and these stinging insects are supposed to have disappeared right? So why are you still seeing them out and about? You may even up with a sting of two during the early fall and may start to wonder why they seem so aggressive this time of year.
Pest Control Technicians Inc. Define What a Wasp, Yellow Jacket and Hornet is and Why They Are Aggressive During Early Fall
What is a Wasp, Yellow Jacket & Hornet: A yellow jacket is actually a species of paper wasp and the term is often used describe the same pest in two different ways. They are identifiable by their very particular yellow and black coloring and the fact that they are quite a bit bigger than their neighbor, the bee. The paper wasp will use fibers from plants around the area and chew it up and add saliva to build a nest. This mimics the look of paper mache. They are like many other pests in the fact that they live with a colony and will defend and care for their queen. The colony will usually start out small around the early part of spring. The queen is the only wasp that will lay eggs and the colony begins. As it grows the nest grows and the amount of workers grows too. The queen will stay in the nest and never leaves but instead depends on the worker wasps to collect food and protect them. Hornets are large stinging wasps that typically nests in hollow trees.
Why Do Wasps Become Aggressive In The Fall: When the colony begins they are working to keep themselves growing and focus on protecting the queen. The colony is also fairly small and as the season wears on it grows bigger and bigger. During this time the aggressiveness is fairly low and they will stay away from people as much as possible. The later into the summer and early fall it gets, the fight to stay alive amps up. The queen and all the workers in her colony are going to die off and the mating male and females are now left to start over the life cycle. The mating female will need to be protected to ensure that the colonies will continue. The colony may seem more erratic and the leftover members are in search of sugar to feed the queen and a good spot to set up their new colony. This is when people seem to get in close to the wasps. Wasps are out looking for sugar water and food for the larvae and can be found traveling around more.
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