Everyone during the summer months have come across wasps. In Ireland the common wasp causes the most problems. Very active during summer months they can cause very painfull stings and distress. They much prefer to build their nests in sheltered indoor areas that have easy access for coming and going.
- Workers between 12-18mm
- Yellow and Black Body Markings
Continual Presence of Wasps in a certain area
Workers seen going in and out of house eaves or other sheltered location
- Young Queens survive over winter and Emerge in spring to start laying eggs
- Queen begins construction of Nest
- Worker Wasps emerge in early summer
- New Queens and ,ales mate in Early Autumn
- All Workers and males die off with nest in winter
- Young over winter awaiting spring to begin again
Due to the climate in Ireland there are only a few species of ant that can thrive here. However the few that do survive here can be a nuisance if they enter your premises. The Garden or Black ant are not know to carry diseases but they can case a major headache for home and business owners. They can explore there surrounding extensively during late spring and summer months
- Workers 4-5mm long.
- Queens 15mm long.
- Dark brown-black in colour.
- 1 small segment at waist point (pedicel).
- No sting
- Queen winters in the soils and lays eggs early spring
- Larvae normally hatch 3-4 weeks after
- Worker ants emerge and look after larvae and nest care
- Male ants for breeding are produce later In the year
- Ants will travel extensively looking for foodmore often sweet sources
- Nest or colonies will be mainly outdoors in soil or sand deposits in garden or under slabing areas.
- Mainly in the sunny side of buildings
Bore Dust- Below holes in timber is cause by emerging adult beetles. Most times thjis can be the first sign noticed of a problem
Exit Holes – These holes appear in the wood often round or oval in shape and the wood inside appears fresh and clean
Tunnels – If wood to broken open tunnels can be seen inside that shows where the larvae have eaten away at the wood while feeding
Damaged wood- Wood over time becomes weakened and can crumble when touched or can break when weight is applied sucha s a chair on floor boards
Beetles- the beetles themselves are big enough to see and both live and dead beetles can be found upon inspection of infected wood. The live adult beetles normally emerge between May and October
There 3 main types of beetle found in Ireland
Powder post Beetle (Lyctus brunneus)
Usually 4-7mm In Length & Red/Brown Colour
Life Cycle Completed in 1 Year
Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum)
Usually 3-4mm In Length
Larvae can live for up to 5 Years
Can infest most types of wood
House Longhoen Beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus)
Usually 8-25mm In length
Black Brown in Colour
Larvae tunnel for Between 3-11 Years