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The Difference Between Wasps and Bees?

Wasps and Bees To many people there is little difference between wasps and bees. Both are of a similar colouring of yellow and black, striped, fly and have painful stings. However, while they do share a common ancestor and are of the same family of insect, that of Hymenoptera, as bees and ants. They do

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Wasps in February

Wasps in February At PEST UK we have been receiving an unusually large number of enquirers regarding wasps in February. This is unusual as wasps in February should still be in hibernation. It may be that the uneasily warm Winter weather has effected their hibernation cycles. It is only the Queen Wasps that are alive

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Wasps & Warm Winters

Will the extremely warm Winter of 2015/2016 affect the 2016 wasp nest season? Do wasps & warm winters It is often assumed (wrongly in my opinion) that very cold weather will kill hibernating Queen Wasps. The reason I don’t believe this is that the same species of wasps we have in the South of England

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Wasps coming out of chimney

Wasps coming out of chimney If you have bees or wasps coming out of a chimney it may be that you have had a wasp nest in the chimney the previous year, it may just be Queen wasps hibernating in the chimney or worst case scenario it may be that you have an established honey

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Wasps in January

Wasps in January At PEST UK we are still getting calls from customers with pest control problems concerning wasps and wasp nests. Usually this involves people getting Queen wasps coming into rooms from the loft or other cavities where old nests were and/or Queen wasps have chosen these sites for hibernation. The unusually warm weather

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Wasps Coming from the Loft in December

Wasps coming into rooms from lofts are a common problem in the winter. This usually means that there has been a wasp nest, or even multiple nests, for quite a long time, and the wasps in the nest are now dying out. It is not uncommon for wasps to have a nest in a loft,

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Does Cold Kill Wasps?

 The cold does affect wasps and severe frosts can kill adult wasps (Queen wasps are resistant to frosts once in hibernation) but generally the cold weather just slows down wasps and can even extend their life. The reason for this is that the lower temperature will slow down the metabolism of the wasps so they

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Wasps December

There are several reasons why it is beneficial and less dangerous to have a wasps December treated. It is true that a wasp nest will eventually die out naturally but last year we were still treating active nests in the last week in December! If you do decide to leave a nest to die out

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Will Cold Kill Wasps?

At PEST UK we often treat active wasp nests in December. Can cold kill wasps? Not usually, it is usually old age. In fact cold weather can actually extend a wasp’s life, not kill wasps. In colder weather the metabolism of the wasp slows down so they are not doing as much which extends their

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Is a wasp nest worth treating in October?

It is true that if you leave a nest it will eventually die out naturally. The wasp nest actually starts to shut down in August, this is when grub production ceases. The last batch of grubs are the Queens and Drone wasps (these are the only fertile forms of wasps, the Queens being the females

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How to treat a wasp nest

Wasps can be a real problem during summer in the UK. Between May and November we get many reports of wasp nests that need to be treated. Wasp stings can be potentially fatal to people who have allergies, and even for those who don’t they can cause a painful sting. Unlike bees, wasps can sting

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Should a wasp nest be destroyed?

Some people like to leave a wasp nest alone as they don’t like killing other creatures. In some cases this may be possible but if the nest is in a house it is not something I would recommend as they can be a danger and every year there are deaths due to wasp stings, either

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Removal of Wasp Nests

Is removal of wasp nests necessary? A wasp nest cannot be easily removed if active. Nests are normally active from May to October but this can be extended until December. I have treated active nests in December. If the nest is active (you will see worker wasps or in the early stages of the wasp

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Wasp Nests

This year has so far been an exceptional year for wasp nests. The main reason for this was the dry Spring weather, no late frosts or prolonged periods of wet and windy weather. Queen wasps are very vulnerable in the early stages of the nest and during the time when the Queen has to build

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Prices for Removing Wasps or Bees in a Chimney

Removing Wasp or Bee swarms or nests in a chimney can be difficult. Most pest control companies will not tackle these difficult jobs, it can be dangerous, more expensive to insure and takes 2 people with long ladders and roof ladders. In the case of bee swarms it may be that they can be treated

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Wasps In December

We are still treating wasps nests in late November (29/11/14) and have wasp jobs booked for December. Wasps in December are not unusual but the volume of of wasps nests we are treating and have enquiries about is unprecedented. This is probably due to the warm weather in October, November and forecasted for the first

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Solitary Wasp Activity In Wooden Sleepers In Garden

Below are pictures that Nick Browning of PEST UK took of what is thought to be Solitary Wasp activity in wooden sleepers in a garden. The customer thought that they had wood worm. These types of wasps are different from ‘normal’ wasps as all female wasps lay eggs which hatch into grubs and turn into

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Honey Bees in Chimneys

Like Bumble Bees, Honey Bees have been making a come back in the past few years. The increase has not been as dramatic as the increase in Bumble Bee nests but they have been increasing. This may be down to the increase in people keeping Honey Bees. The way new nests are formed is different

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Wasp Nests for June 2014

At PEST UK we have done (so far at the time of writing on 30/6/14) 134 wasp nests. Last June we did 163. Our turnover was much higher this year than last year this is due to the increase in Bee and other jobs. We posted a video of Rick Pellen who is PEST UK’s

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Wasps in Spring

Due to the recent warm weather at PEST UK we are getting dozens of calls about wasps. The main feature of these calls are people saying they have Wasps, Hornets, Bees, Queen Bees or Bees coming out of their lofts. Customers even find these (they are in fact usually Queens) then look in the loft,

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Wasps and Bees Treatment

In the Spring most pest controllers are keeping an eye on the weather. Long periods of wet, cold and windy weather lead to the two biggest earners in pest control (Bees and Wasps) being decimated. At present we are seeing a lot of Queen Bumble Bees flying about. These are the first to emerge from

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Wasps & Bees

This is the most important time of the year for the Queen Wasp and Bumble Bees. The weather in the next 12 weeks will decide on the population levels of these insects in the Summer ahead. This factor can make or break pest control companies as the financial implications are enormous. The life cycles of

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Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees

Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees: One of the questions we get asked at PEST UK concerning rat infestations in houses is: Where are they getting in? How do I stop them in the future? If the house is part of a terrace or a block then this makes finding the entry point(s) difficult. Rats may

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Wasps & Rats in Flats

Wasps & Rats in Flats: We were called out today to remove a wasp nest is a house. At this time of year any wasp nests will be occupied. Dormant is the wrong word to use as a wasp nest is never re used. It is not uncommon for a new nest to be built

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Hibernating Wasps & Bees

Hibernating Wasps & Bees: Soon PEST UK will be selling more pest control products to the public. We don’t really like to do this as we  believe that, in most cases it is better that pest control is left to professionally trained people. The reason for this is that we see many so many DIY

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Wasps & Hibernation

Wasps & Hibernation: Mel (she is our only lady pest control technician) got us to write to one of her customers, she had told them verbally and written on the pest control report (that we leave with every contract customer) but she was so concerned about this issue that she wanted a letter as well.

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Bees & Wasps in Lofts

Bees & Wasps in Lofts: On Saturday I saw a Queen Bumble Bee flying about at Tilehurst Station. This is very early even for Bumble Bees and not good news for Bumble Bees unless the weather stays mild and the rain stops! The daly emergence from hibernate is often triggered by lid weather. Temperature is

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Squirrels & Queen Wasps

Squirrels & Queen Wasps: We had a difficult situation today. Yesterday we set fen traps and poison in the loft of a block of flats for a Housing Association in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire for a reported squirrel problem.  Late last night a squirrel was caught in one of the fen traps. It was not ‘miss

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DIY Pest Control

DIY Pest Control, Wasps & Rodenticides : Many people try and carry out pest control themselves, some succeed but many don’t. I will tell a few instances. I was called out to a house in Caversham, Reading to deal with a wasp nest. When I arrived I was directed to the garden where there was

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Rabbit Gassing & Wasps

Rabbit Gassing & Wasps: Yesterday we did a quote for Rabbit Gassing. Fifteen years ago a high percentage of our time in the Winter and Spring was spent gassing rabbits. Not any more this work has become quite rare. I don’t really understand this, there seem to be as may rabbits around although this does

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