Female wood boring wasps are larger than males with their ovipositor that is used for laying eggs being very long and sometimes longer than her own body. The wood boring wasps ovipositor is only used for laying eggs and can not sting in order to defend its self. The Female wood boring wasp will search for the appropriate dead or dieing tree with the most likely tree being a pine, spruce or fir tree. The female wood boring wasp will then insert her ovipositor into the wood and lay between 1 and 7 eggs at a time. In around 3 to 4 weeks time, the eggs will hatch to produce larva. The larva will then tunnel parallel with the grain of the wood chewing its way through and using its spine at the tip of its abdomen to push it along. The larva begins by eating and tunnelling along the soft part of the wood just under the bark. It will then move to the hard wood closer to the middle of the trunk before returning to the softer wood near the surface. The larva's tunnel can reach a length between 25cm to 30cm. Once the larva has reached the end of its tunnel in the soft wood close to the surface, it then pupates for 5 to 6 weeks before emerging as an adult wood boring wasp. As the newly developed wood boring wasps emerges from the wood, it leaves an exit hole behind. Larva of wood boring wasps can sometimes be identified by woodpeckers and other birds that can hear the larva moving inside wood. So if a woodpecker is paying a part of your home a lot of attention, then there is a good chance you have wood boring wasp larva living in it. Fortunately, wood boring wasps larva only cause cosmetic damage and not structural damage. Depending were the infested wood has been used, round exit holes created by newly matured wood boring wasps can be found in the likes of plaster, wall boarded, floors, carpeting and non ceramic tiles. Once the wood wasps have emerged from the piece of wood possibly used in the construction of your home, it will not re-infested the same piece of wood.
Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?
- Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
- Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
- Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
- Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
- Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
- Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
- Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
- Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
- Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
- Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
- Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
- Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.