Pure Pest Solutions treat hundreds of wasp nests each year with safe guaranteed results. For a fast and guaranteed response, contact us now. Want to know more about wasps and bees? Below is all you need to know about the yellow and black stingers!
What does a wasp nest look like?
You might only first notice that you have a wasp nest problem when you see wasps coming and going from a certain area such as the fascia or barge boards of your house. This means the nest itself will be tucked away in the loft. In these cases the nest will often be treated from the outside. However the video above shows what nests actually looks like. The nest in the video will contain approximately 2000 wasps ready to sting, which is the average for this size.
A customer from Oxford found this wasp nest in a garden trailer. Whilst pulling back the tarpaulin cover, the nest fell off - a dangerous situation to be in, hence we were called for wasp nest removal. It's worth noting the last part of the video where wasps are coming back to the area the wasp nest was removed from. This will continue until the end of the day. Contact us now for advice and to book.
How to get rid of a Wasp Nest
Finding a wasp nest can be quite stressful. If you can see the nest (similarly to the video shown in the "what do wasps nest look like section"), then a foam or spray can be applied to terminate it. This usually instantly kills the nest, however wasps who are out foraging will return and look for their nests so it is important to keep clear of the area until the next day as the wasps will be aggressive. It is vital for whoever is treating the nest to always wear protective gear, in particular the vale, as this is a dangerous situation to be in.
It is far more common to not actually be able to see a wasp nest as the Queen wasp usually starts her nest tucked away in a cavity. This is so the wasps nest is safe, warm and hidden. The numbers entering and leaving the wasps nest will increase as the warm season builds through the summer. This is when the nests are usually noticed and we treat them.
The reality is killing a wasp nest tucked away is quite hard unless the correct equipment is used. Generally we use a tool called a Dustick. It's best described as an expensive bike pump that pushes powder into where the wasps are and into the nest. They then react much like the video taken below of a nest - in a boat of all places! The nest will calm down after an hour as the nest dies.
The most important point when removing a wasp nest is health and safety. If a nest is aggressive and attacks you this quickly develops into a very serious situation. Below is a picture of a team member just about to treat a nest with his vale on although yet to put on a safety mask. Nothing less than a vale should ever be worn. At Pure pest Solutions we offer a wasp nest exterminator service that is guaranteed so why not get in touch and we can take care of everything. We literally treat hundreds of nests per year, safely and perfectly. Get in touch today!
What is the Wasp life cycle?
A wasp nest begins life when queen wasps from the previous year awaken form hibernation in April or May. You may notice large wasps that could be mistaken as Hornets flying around in the spring sun bumping into objects such as walls. The queen wasps are looking for warm areas to begin forming a nest that will grow throughout the year. Sometimes you will see signs in your loft that you have had queens living in your house in the form of small nests that have simply failed. The expansion of the nest will continue until as late as October or November when the nest will die. Hornets have a similar life span.
It is important to kill the nest as at the end of the season, before the nest naturally ceases, around six more queen wasps are produced ready to begin hibernation for the next season, making the issue far worse. In fact, over winter take a look in your loft and you may well see what looks like large dead wasps but are actually sleeping queens waiting for the summer.
If you see wasps sitting on fences and wooden garden furniture they may well be chewing the surface gathering material of a nest nearby. They literally add more and more on to increase the nest size until up to 10,000 wasps are inside. That's a whole lot of sting! Get in touch now for advice and to book in.
The life cycle of Bees varies from wasps, as Bees are around through spring and disappear during July. Bees are important to humans for pollination and their numbers have been seen to fall in recent years. This has largely been attributed to the increased use of pesticides on an industrial scale within farming. In some circumstances, such as customers being allergic to bee stings, bees hives can be removed or destroyed. Please call for more information on this.
As a responsible pest control company initially we advise customers with Bees to see if the British Bee Keepers Association (www.bbka.org.uk/) can come and remove problem bees to re-home them. When this is not possible, a pest controller can carry out a controlled removal following the various protocols required.