Finding that you have a wasp nest on your property can be extremely worrying, as the stings from a swarm of wasps can be very nasty. In some cases it can be fatal.
Wasps will nest in awkward places in a property, which can sometimes make their nests hard to locate.
You may be in no doubt that you have a nest, but finding it can be difficult, particularly if it is in roof timbers, an attics, a cavity wall or even underground, which are all likely nesting areas.
It is best to leave the job of locating precisely where the nest is to a professional pest removal company.
But in the spring and summer months worker wasps help to control other insect pests in the garden, without you realising it. They scavenge for fly and caterpillar larvae in particular. Also, whilst not being as efficient as bees, wasps do pollinate plants.
The bee has the advantage of possessing hairy legs, which brush up pollen from flowers, but wasps do contribute to this vital process too. This is significant, since the bee population is under threat. We need the help of wasps to keep our flowers and fruit flourishing.
Wasps are certainly not all bad.As with every other living thing, they are simply trying to survive. If you find a wasp nest in your garden and it is not causing a nuisance, consider leaving it undisturbed, as you will be helping the environment and your own garden.
The Life Cycles of Wasps
This is a sure sign that a wasp has been rasping up wood pulp to help build a nest. The queen is the only wasp to produce young and as the nest grows she will produce more and more to fill it. By late summer, when the worker bees become most bothersome, you can be sure that they are gathering food to feed a growing nest.
The nest may now contain up to 5,000 individual wasps. By winter, however, all the workers and male wasps die, leaving only the queen, who survives the cold during hibernation. The life cycle of the wasp is complex and shows how quickly nests can form and grow to the size that they do.
The Removal Process
Wasp nests are treated with a chemical called Ficam D, an insecticide dust that will kill the wasps in the nest. It is best to leave the nest in place after treatment if possible, so that the insecticide remains to poison any wasps that return to the nest and any baby wasps which may hatch. In the spring, when other queens will be looking for a nest, they will also be killed if they enter the empty nest.
Unless the wasp nest is in a location that obstructs normal everyday activity, consider leaving it in situ. Otherwise you may find that more wasps return to the spot and start building all over again!
If you have a problem with wasps then our professional pest controllers will be able to help you.
Wasp Health Warning
Although single stings in themselves are not dangerous, they can become infected and cause a good deal of pain.
Some individuals may, however, be triggered into what is known as anaphylactic shock.
This is a potential life-threatening reaction caused by the body's immune system overreacting. Anaphylactic shock should be treated as a medical emergency and an ambulance should be called immediately.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis will come on rapidly and include difficulty in breathing, feeling faint, itching skin or a raised rash and swelling of the face. If any of these symptoms appear after a wasp sting, act immediately.
If you think you have a wasp nest in your house, keep everyone away from the area, particularly children.
Thankfully, anaphylactic shock is rare. But the consequences are so serious that it is important to have a professional pest removal company remove a wasp nest as soon as possible.
Professional Help with Wasps
If you find you have a wasp nest in your property, or even if you suspect you may have one, just call us for advice and we will help you to decide on the steps you need to take.
We offer a friendly, helpful service and are happy to talk through the process of removal with you. All our staff are professionally trained and highly experienced.
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have concerns about a wasp nest and we will do our best to help you.
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