Wasps’ nests. How do I get rid of a wasps nest?
How do I get rid of a wasps nest? A wasps nest or wasp hive can be a worrying sight, especially if there appears to be a lot of activity.
If the wasps nest isn’t disturbing you or posing any threat to your family or pets, it may not need to be treated at all. However, if the wasps are out of control, aggressive and pose a threat to public health then it’s time to contact a professional.
How can Protex Pest Control solve my wasp nest problem?
All the Protex Pest Control Technicians are qualified to the stringent standards laid down by the British Pest Control Association (BPCA).
When you contact us, we will arrange a time slot for one of our Protex Pest Control experts to visit you. They will first confirm the nest is a wasp nest, as its important they are not confused with bees. When it’s confirmed as a wasp nest, our technician will then apply the appropriate treatment.
We will also advise you of any possible entry points and ways to prevent any future infestations.
Read our article here – Top tips to prevent wasps from nesting in your home.
What does a wasp nest look like?
A wasp nest is made from chewed wood pulp and saliva. Its appearance is often compared to a paper mache construction.
The most common wasps we come across are the Vespula vulgaris and German Wasps (Vespula germanica). Both have yellow and black stripes. Their stings can be painful and can cause an allergic reaction for some people.
When do wasps start to build their nests?
Small wasp nests start to appear in early spring. This is because the queen wasp, who would have hatched earlier in the autumn, emerges from hibernation, ready to build her own nest. She will seek out a sheltered area. Typically, somewhere such as, a wall cavity, loft, eaves, shed, or garage.
The queen will start to build the nest. She will then hatch some worker wasps. At this stage the nest will be small, approximately the size of a golf ball, and it is the easiest time to treat the nest. The queen wasp will then continue to lay eggs for the rest of the season, to grow the colony.
By the time summer arrives she will be laying up to 300 eggs every day. By this time the nest will literally be buzzing with activity and could be the size of a football or larger.
Can I get rid of a wasps nest myself?
We strongly recommend against attempting to remove a wasp nest yourself. When under threat wasps can become aggressive, and sting. This can be extremely dangerous if you or a family member are allergic to wasp stings.
Wasp nests can often be in hard-to-reach places, making it difficult to administer a treatment safely and effectively. A Protex Pest Control expert will have the correct treatments and the correct personal protection equipment to do the job safely.