Unwanted Guests in Your Attic?

Wasp season 2024 Begins!

As we go into the summer months, sightings of wasps nests in our customer homes and gardens have started to increase. In York today, (13/06/2024), we noted out first wasp nest with workers coming to and from the nest.

Wasps and Hornets play an important role in our ecosystem. Not only can the contribute to pollination, they are also excellent pest controllers in their own right. They often prey on smaller insects what we would often regard as pests in our garden, such as aphids, flies and caterpillars.

When a wasps nest is located away from people and pets, they can often be left alone. However, in the wrong spot around our homes and business, they can create a real health and safety concerns to people and pets.

Tackling a wasp next without the correct protective equipment can be dangerous, which is why we would always recommend contacting us to arrange a safe and effective wasp nest treatment.

How to remove a Wasp Nest

Wearing the Correct PPE

Wearing a bee suit with a full face vale is vital to protect people when working around wasps and hornet nests. Stings can be painful to some, and outright dangerous for anyone with a allergy to insect stings.
Wasps can quickly become threatened when working around their nest, and will repeatedly sting anything they regard as a treat.

Correct Identification

It can often take a trained eye to tell the difference between the various species of stinging insects in the UK. Especially from a distance, wasps, hornets and bees can often look very similar. It is fairly common for us to be called out for one, and to find it is the other. Correct identficiation is vital as it can greatly impact on treatment options, in terms of what is both effective, and legal!

Treatment

Where appropriate, wasp and hornet nests can be treated using professional grade insecticides. This would typically over the course of 24 hours destroy the nest, killing the workers and queen, preventing the nest from continuing to function.  These products are often either a powder or liquid, and are applied to the nest entrance, or the nest directly. With nests often being high up, this can require the use of specialist application equipment. Its important to have an understanding of the legislation surround the use of professional pesticides, and to use them legally and safety, always adhering to the product label.

Removal of the Nest

Wasp and Hornet nests can often be in wall cavities or other inaccessible places. Their full removal is therefore not always practical. Nests are essentially constructed out of paper, with wasps chewing wood fibre into a pulp to construct the walls of the nest.

Where the nest in accessible, these can be removed at a later date once the nest has died off. 

If you do find an old nest, its important to confirm their are no live wasps before attempting to remove it. To be safe, we will often where a bee suit when removing old nests

Don't get Stung!

We can help with your wasp and hornet problem. Using the right equipment, professional use products, and follow industry best practice, we can get the job done right first time.

We have dedicated pest professionals in North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire. Speak to us today to see how we can help.