Insects

Wasps

A lot of people have a very rational fear of wasps. The large yellow and black striped flying insects have a nasty sting in their tail! Like bees, wasps have 'Queens' that make nests in the spring to lay eggs. The queen will feed her young for around a month, until they become larger, worker wasps. A single nest can produce up to 30,000 in a year, with the workers searching for food up to a mile away from the nest. During late summer, wasps become a nuisance as they become more comfortable in their surroundings. 

Where will I find wasps in my property?

Wasps usually can be found in holes and crevices in and around the home, garden sheds, compost heaps or holes in the ground around your property. They often find a hole near the roof or may swarm from a neighbours house. They are attracted to food, especially sweet sugary products such as fruit, sweets, alcholic drinks etc.

Common areas to find wasps nests

It is extremely common to find wasps nest in loft or roof spaces and fascias near the roof of properties. A loft space is the perfect nesting ground for pests, as it is warm and sheltered and away from other animals. Wasps use the pieces of wood they find to expand their nests. 

How to identify a wasp nest

In the first instance, it is likely that you will have noticed increased wasp activity either outside your property or in the lost space, meaning almost certainly that there will be at least one active wasps nest, although it is common to find multiple nests also. Wasps are round, wood structure, whic start out as a small ball, but by the end of a season, can become the size of a small car! Early on, due to their small size, it can be difficult to spot a wasp nest, particularly if they are hidden in loft insulation or cavity walls.

What to do if I find a wasps nest?

Wasps are a common pest problem, particularly during the summer. They are angy by nature and without provocation will often sting. There are numerous ways to deal with a wasp nest, but only a few are effective and safe.

We strongly advise against DIY wasp removal methods. It is very hazardous for an intrained person to attempt to tackle a nest and it is safer to consult a professional pest control service to dispose of the problem. Full protective equipment must be worn when dealing with wasps to avoid nasty stings and injury. Any off-the-shelf product should be avoided or used with extreme caution. If you have a problem with wasps, it is likely to be unsafe to tackle yourself and you should call the professionals.

What to do with a Wasp Problem

If you have noticed increased wasps activity and you are being overwhelmed, especially in the garden, it is best to observe them for a while to find where they are coming from, then call a professional pest controller. 

Wasp Nest Removal

If you discover an active wasps nest, it will need spraying throughly with insecticide, which can be hazardous and is best carried out by a professional. There are a number of factors affecting the removal of a nest including the height, the size of the nest and type of treatment required.

Will the problem go away by itself?

 

Many wasps nests will continue to grow over the summer, with most of the nest dying off in the winter. However, at the end of the season, the queens of each surviving nest will go onto product up to 20 new queens each capable of building a new nest nearby. This could mean that the following summer, the problem is likely to be a lot worse.

 

A nest will continue to grow if untreated and as space becomes limited, it will expand further by the wasps chewing through wood or plasterboard causing structural damage to your property. Damage by wasps can even cause ceilings to collapse and effect joists and loft materials.

 

Call Us now on 07707 893976 for help with your wasp nest.

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