Wasp

Wasp Control – Wasp Nest Removal

Do NOT try to investigate or treat a wasp nest yourself.

Wasps are very aggressive and attack and sting repeatedly anything disturbing them or their wasp nest; you, people nearby and pets could get hurt.

Wasps are 1-2cm long, bright yellow with dark markings, have a narrow ‘wasp waist’, wasp nests have hundreds of wasps and are aggressive and will sting you repeatedly if you touch them. Common and German Wasps are the usual wasps needing control. Sometimes we find the smaller Tree Wasps, and Norwegian Wasps are dominant. Giant Wood Wasps look terrifying but are absolutely harmless! They’re 5cm long, have a long tube at the rear, shiny black behind the head and bright orange/yellow and black bands on the body and legs. They lay eggs singly in freshly felled wood and adult wasps emerge 3 years later. They’re often found coming from wood in newly built houses. Solitary Wasps are bigger than normal wasps, less aggressive and don’t live in hundreds in a wasp nest; one wasp makes a burrow in the ground, lays one egg in it and this produces another adult wasp.

Hornets are like a big wasps; yellow and brown, 2-3.5cm long and sting aggressively. They like forests and open countryside and need wasp control.

About wasp nests
A wasp nest is made from wood scrapings so it’s an off-white colour and papery. A wasp nest starts off small, like a tennis ball, in the late spring or early summer, with the queen and a few worker wasps building it. In summer the wasp nest gets bigger, a rounded cone shape and is busier; maybe over 2 ft long with hundreds of wasps. In late summer, young queen wasps fly away from the wasp nest to find places to hibernate in. The wasps left in the wasp nest start to show erratic, aggressive behaviour and die off through the autumn. Wasp nests are normally dead by the winter and the old wasp nest won’t be active again. The next spring the hibernating young queens wake up and build brand new wasp nests of their own; the cycle starts all over again.

Where wasp nests are found
Wasps often build their nests in roofs and walls but they’ll settle for anywhere that they think is suitable; high up, low down or in the ground.

Signs of a wasp nest
You might see a small or large, off-white papery cone. If the wasp nest is hidden under slates or in a wall then you might spot wasps flying in and out of the wasp nest entrance, especially in warm, sunny weather when the wasps are more active.

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