Wasps will usually build nests along eaves, in abandoned sheds, and even inside walls. When wasps are present in the area the risk of getting stung by wasps is relatively high. Depending on how close people get to the wasp, they might perceive the people as a threat. When the years move towards the colder months, wasp activity will naturally decrease. When the colder months arrive, the new queens will fly away and hibernate. The worker wasps who were once part of the nest will slowly drift away from the wasp and die off.
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The average lifetime of a drone wasp or worker wasp is about 12-24 days until it dies. The main task of these worker wasps is to bring food for the larvae until the cycle continues. When wasps invade an area they will hunt other insects that inhabit the area. When this happens homeowners will notice a sharp increase in wasp presence around their property. Wasps nests often find themselves in dark, secluded, and high areas to avoid any competition and any disturbance.
During this period, worker wasps may become more aggressive, but also disabilities flying. Wasps will also go through a change in how they store their energy and metabolism. The queen hibernates to prevents this from happening, but worker wasps do not have this kind of luxury. The wasp becomes more defensive and aggressive, as mentioned before, but will start to die off.
Once the queen emerges again from her hibernation, the search for a new nest begins. It is important to note, that the average lifespan of a queen is far greater than that of a worker wasp. The queen wasp can survive as long as shy of a year. The queen does not go back to the old nest, but in fact, goes around scouting new areas in the spring.
When you do notice an increase in wasp activity in the summer, chances are that you are experiencing the peak of the wasp nest. You must keep children and pets out of reach from the nest as they will sting anyone perceived as a threat. Wasp stings can be uncomfortable and will usually disappear within 24 hours. Medical advice must be taken. Redness, bumps, and itchiness is expected. In very rare cases, severe effects can develop like Anaphylaxis. This includes severe swelling of the face, throat, lips can appear. Vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea can also be symptoms.