The life cycle of a wasp’s nest in Melbourne lasts about one year. During warmer weather the nests may last a lot longer. The queen lays larva in the cells of the nest and they hatch after about one week. The queen takes care of the larvae for two to three weeks. When it comes into winter the male wasps die off and the queen wasp goes into hibernation.
it is coming up to summer in Melbourne, so you need to be careful not to leave food scraps lying around. The male wasps will be searching for left over food or food that has not been placed in the garbage bin properly. If there appears to be a good source of food, the chances are, the wasps will start to build a nest close by.
European wasps will make their nests from wood. They chew up the wood and mix it with their saliva to form like a grey paper balloon. They look like a paper house. They can look like a football and are usually found in the ground. Sometimes they build their nest on the exterior of buildings. This is the most common site for people to recognize about wasps nests.
Some common places to find a wasps nest inlcude:
– At the bottom of trees and shrubs.
– Under rubbish tips
– Grass mounds like compost
– They may have the appearance of cow’s poo in the grass
– In-between walls
– On the underside of external roofing.
– On top of a roof
Wasps can live after they sting. They are not the same as bees. This is why they are more dangerous and you should employ a professional for any wasp nest removal in Melbourne during the summer months. Go here for more info.
If you get stung by a wasp, you will experience very strong localised pain that feels close to a burning sensation. It is a lot more painful than a bee sting. You will see a red swollen area where you are stung with a small white dot from the stinger going into the skin. The pain does go away after a short time.