As the summer approaches Wasp and Bee activity becomes more active and visible. They can become a nuisance around the garden and home.
Treatment for Wasps or Bees is fairly similar for both insects with subtle variances involving the nests.
Wasps are members of the order Hymenoptera, which means membraneous wings. All stinging insects belong to this group and are a highly evolved group of insects. There are many types of Wasps that live in the UK.
A wasp nest will usually be placed inside something. Depending on the type of wasp this can be up in a tree or bush. Inside an air brick, in a shed or within a loft. Anywhere that is protected from the elements and can remain undisturbed.
The nest will be constructed of chewed up wood and saliva, forming a papier mache material that is strong and waterproof.
Do not block the entrance to the nest as this will make them angry and aggressive and would not kill the nest. They would just find another entrance.
The technician will treat the nest or the entrance of the nest with an insecticide called ‘FICAM D* which contains the chemical Bendiocarb 1% w/w. This is a modern biodegradable insecticide that is not harmful to mammals.
After treatment the nest will be in a hyperactive state for around 3 hours. This can vary due to weather and time of year. Keep pets and people away from the treated area until activity has ceased. Close windows and warn neighbours to keep away as well.
Once the treatment is complete a Wasp nest can be left where it is as it will not be used again. If you do decide to remove it it is best to wait at least 4 weeks after a treatment.
On no account must the entrance to a nest be blocked. this should only be done after the treatment is completed. Keep pets away from the area and close windows nearby.
Upon arrival and inspection the technician will be able to tell what sort of bees they are. Bees are not aggressive like wasps, but will sting if they think the nest is threatened. Honey bees will not hesitate to sting in this situation and can be dangerous just due to the large numbers in a nest or a swarm.
The nest will be treated with one of the following insecticides: Ficam W which contains 80% Bendiocarb w/w, Effect Microtech CS’* which contains Lambdacyhalothrin, a powder called Ficam D*. This contains an insecticide in a dust formulation @ 1% w/w Bendiocarb, K-Othrine which contains Deltamethrin. All insecticides are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting & do not corrode or stain. They are not highly toxic towards mammals but are extremely so to all forms of crawling and flying public health pests.
After treatment the bees may remain in a hyperactive state for a few hours, but activity will usually completely cease within 7 warm days (cold or wet days may prolong activity). Honey Bee swarms should die within 24 hours.
Call PEST UK to treat Wasps & Bees on 0800 026 0308 or 0330 100 2811 to book a treatment.