Pest advice for treating wasps

We are able to provide a pest control service to remove any infestation and take steps to try and prevent another infestation occurring whether it is through one-off treatments or continued maintenance.

Wasps are notorious for their bad-tempered nature and it is likely you would have been stung by one before at some point.

There are several species of wasps commonly found in the UK which can create their nests both inside and outside your property.

The Common Wasp and the German Wasp are the species most frequently encountered by people whether it is a singular wasp or an infestation with similar life cycles and similar nest construction.

Tree Wasps are less common but can cause a bigger problem as they are bigger and can build a sturdier nest in or around your property.

Why do I have a wasp infestation?

If there are a number of wasps found inside or just outside your home or business, it is likely that there is a wasp nest nearby.

Wasps may be attracted to the outside of your property if there are exposed bin bags, food scraps or compost piles.

Wasps can make their way into your residence through vents in your house, usually, the kind found in bathrooms but also through open doors and windows in the summer.

Once they get inside, they may want to stay and make their nest there if there is a potential food source for them.

Waste inside your property as well as sweet foods and drink such as fizzy drinks and fruit juice are all popular choices for a wasp to come out of its nest and fly around your home.

A mature nest can have thousands of wasps so if the nest is inside your property or the wasps can find a way into your property than an infestation can soon occur.

Simply put, wasps may wonder if you are a flower. If you are dressed in floral colours or have a fragrance with a flowery scent then they may be attracted towards you.

Signs and consequences of a wasp infestation

Wasps are easy to spot as they are visible to the naked eye as they are often multi-coloured and make a buzzing noise as they fly.

Certainly, if there is more than one flying around, you will likely notice it.

The sighting of a wasp nest might be much harder if it is built-in hard to reach places such as vents or cavities in the walls.

A wasp nest usually appears as a dull-coloured giant cocoon depending on how long it has been there for and if you find it, you can usually see a few wasps around the outside of the nest.

Wasps, unlike bees, can keep on stinging; while this is a slight pain from the sting of one wasp, an infestation can lead to a number of wasps stinging you repeatedly particularly if you try and disturb a nest.

Most people will just feel a slight pain each time they are stung and the marks are superficial but there is a chance wasps stings could cause an anaphylactic shock.

Besides the stings, wasps can also contaminate food which is unlikely to cause major problems but may make you feel unwell regardless.

How to cope and deal with a wasp infestation

It is difficult to remove a wasp infestation yourself but there are steps you can take to limit their damage until a professional provides pest control treatment.

Wearing light-coloured clothing and not wearing flowery fragrances can help to stop a wasp being drawn towards you.

Waste inside and outside the property should be sealed properly and all sweet foods should be out of reach for the wasps so that even if you have a wasp nest in your house, they are less likely to come out.

There are insecticides that can be used to spray a wasp nest but it is advised that you call on a professional to deal with the problem to avoid harm as you apply it.

pest control expertIt is also unsafe for you to deal with a wasp nest yourself if it is high up somewhere outside your property as the risk of falling while dealing with the nest or the result of a wasp nest could have serious consequences.

You should seal off entry points in vents to prevent wasps from outside your house getting inside whether it is a single wasp or if there is a wasp nest close to your property.

You should avoid swatting or crushing wasps as the wasp then releases a chemical which can attract and incite other wasps and a failed attempted at striking a wasp may make the wasp more aggressive.

If you have or suspect you might have, a wasp infestation in your home, you can call us on 01245 526726 or email [email protected] to discuss the options for treatment with you.