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 on the side of an old nest as the site of a wasp nest is very important. If the approach (when the wasps fly into the entrance) is prone to gusts of wind or in an exposed position this can lead to the nest dieting out. The early stages of a wasp nests hang in the balance until a ‘buffer’ of worker wasps (these are sterile females) are produced. It only takes a gust of wind to slam the Queen Wasp into the building and the nest will die without her. Bumble Bees have a similar Queen system but the workers have the capability to produce a new Queen Bee should the original Queen Bee die or get killed. There is not need to remove a Wasp Nest and many are situated in cavity walls or other inaccessible places but some people prefer removal.
We are currently carrying out a rat treatment on two modern blocks of flats in Reading, Berkshire. We have identified a broken seer. We are assuming it is broken as there are rat hoes in the grass above the pipe and rat activity in the sewer itself. We can also see that the rats are getting into the buildings via the gas pipes. The outer wall of modern large blocks of flats are not load supporting so the foundations are not that deep leaving them susceptible to rat ingress. At PEST UK we see this quite often, rats getting inside modern blocks of flats.