Wasps

We exterminate all wasp nests in a quick and efficient manner.

Nest removal

 

Wasps are known to sting even when they are not provoked. Stings are painful and can cause an allergic reaction. In rare cases where wasps have stung inside the mouth and other sensitive areas, deaths have occurred. It is therefore vital that you do not attempt to remove the nest yourself.

 

Wasp Guys' nest removal service is fully guaranteed and we are able to provide a same day or next day response.

Life Cycle

  • Hibernation

    This takes place from around the end of September to the end of the following April and is the period in which large numbers of wasps die from starvation (not the low temperatures). Only a few queens will survive to establish new colonies. If the queen has been sheltering inside a house, her reappearance can prompt homeowners to call exterminators, thinking there’s a nest in their home. This is unlikely to be the case.

  • Colony founding

    This takes place from the end of April to around the end of May. This is when the queen feeds herself and begins building her nest in which she lays her first eggs. Wasp nests are made from chewed wood. The queen wasp will start to gather old dead wood from untreated fence panels, sheds and even garden furniture.

  • Colony growth

    This takes place from the end of May to the end of November and sees the nest increase in size, as the first drones are hatched to begin work.

  • Procreation

    This takes place throughout the summer and early autumn and involves the sexual progeny of the queen (normal males and the females she has turned into queens) mating to ensure the colony survives the winter. At this point, the grubs within the nest that worker wasps have been surviving on start dying, forcing them to find alternative sustenance, which is when they become a more visible nuisance to humans trying to eat outside. This is the point at which exterminators will normally be contacted.

Detecting a nest

 

Wasp nests, unlike bee nests, often go unnoticed until they have reached a decent size. Because wasps do not swarm around the nest in the way that bees do, it may only be an increased wasp presence in your home or garden that alerts you to the existence of the nest.

 

If you suspect you have a nest, try and work out where the wasps are coming from. The edges of roof boards can rot away and provide entrances for them, leading to nests being created in lofts, while the holes created to allow phone and cable lines into the house can lead to the creation of nests in wall cavities. Monitor the flight paths of returning wasps and you should be able to work out roughly where a nest is likely to be.

What can you do?

Seal entry points


Check your loft or attic for small gaps and seal them up.

Remove food sources


In spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein foods. Any food left outdoors, such as pet food, picnic scraps, open garbage containers or uncovered compost piles should be removed or covered.

Avoid swatting


When a wasp is squashed, a pheromone is released which attracts more wasps. It's best to walk away from a hovering wasp.

Avoid wearing bright colours


If you look like a big flower, you may be attracting the curious wasp looking for nectar.

Control

Despite a high mortality rate, the need to control wasps is more and more obvious, especially as the number of infestations appears to be increasing. Historically, there have been nine principal ways to apply this control:

Killing overwintering queens

Nest destruction

Insecticidal baiting

Trapping

Electric fly killers

Contact insecticides

Preventative measures

Biological control

Integrated wasp control

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