If you saw a queen wasp and a normal wasp, do you think you would be able to tell the difference? It’s a really interesting topic, and there’s a lot of questions surrounding what a queen wasp actually looks like. When people have previously had a wasp nest in the loft or garden, they often ask this question.
Here is our guide on the differences between normal wasps and queen wasps that may help you figure out what a queen wasp looks like.
• Size – A queen wasp normally resembles the workers almost entirely, making it really hard to identify it. However in some species of wasps, the queen does appear to be longer than the workers so she can easily be spotted in the crowd. The queen wasp in most colonies will be slightly bigger than the others, normally only by a fraction of a centimetre though.
• Hibernation – If you’re looking for a queen wasp in the winter, she will be the only one who hibernates. All normal wasps don’t hibernate at all. They are usually dead by the time winter comes.
• Sightings – Normally you won’t catch sight of the queen wasp until autumn. She stays safely tucked up in her colony until it’s time to leave the nest for the winter.
Many people have a problem with larger wasps coming into their homes around this time of year when the temperature drops. This is because the queen wasps are out and about, looking for a cosy place to hibernate.
Because of how dangerous wasps stings can be to those of us who have stinging insect allergies, it’s important to make sure there’s no wasps hibernating on your property. The queen wasp does tend to be a little bit bigger, which means her sting might be a bit bigger as well!
If you’ve noticed more wasp activity on your property, it may be that you have a wasp nest or need pest control for wasps. When this happens, you must have the help of a professional pest controller. Dealing with wasps with DIY methods is dangerous, and can cause harm to you and others around you. Give us a call today for 24 hour emergency wasp control.