Wasp Nest Removal
PESTUK offer wasp nest removal services across Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Surrey & London.
Is It Really A Wasp Nest?
Sometimes certain bees can be mistaken for wasps – Mason Bees, Mining Bees, Honey Bees or Bumble Bees. Both bees and wasps have similar colouring and have painful stings. However, there are some distinctive differences in their behaviour, nest making and their diet. More information can be found here.
Is Wasp Nest Removal Necessary?
A wasp nest cannot be easily removed if active. Nests are normally active from May to October but sometimes remain active as late as December.
The nest is ‘active’ when you see wasps going in and out of the wasp nest or the hole leading into the cavity that holds the nest. When nests are constructed in cavities in buildings, it is necessary to treat the nest before any attempt to remove it is made. In fact, removal of the nest before the wasps are dead can lead to the workers attempting to re-build the nest.
In a lot of cases the nest is not visible as it may be in a cavity wall, a dormer window, a flat roof or any sealed cavity that is not accessible. You will often see ‘failed’ small golf ball size wasp nests in lofts. Most wasps’ nests die off naturally but the later in the year a nest survives the greater the chance that it will reach maturity. Mature nests will produce Drones and new Queen Wasps for the following year.
If the nest is in a loft and visible it is best to wait a few weeks after treatment before any attempt is made to remove the wasp nest. Too soon and there may still be wasps active within the nest.
When Should I Call a Pest Control Company?
The most important question is how long will the wasp nest survive. The weather will ususally decide this. Warm, wet and windy weather is not great for Queen Wasps to fly and forage for food and nesting material.
Although wasp nest removal is more likely to be required during the Summer, wasps can be a problem throughout the year. In fact, more people are stung in Autumn and Winter. This is because the wasps’ metabolism is reduced, and they are more likely to crawl rather than fly. They are therefore more likely to make their way into areas where they can sting people. Wasps are also attracted to artificial light and will get confused by artificial heat and light sources. In Summer this is much less of a problem as the days are longer and there are fewer artificial heat sources.
In addition, because the temperatures are higher, the wasps are fully alert and active so do not get lost as easily. Everything wasps do in Autumn and early Winter takes longer – even dying. A nest treated during this time can take up to ten days to die out, whereas a wasp nest treated in Summer can be completely dead within a few hours.
Wasp Nest Removal Service
Pest UK use an insecticide called ‘FICAM D’. This modern biodegradable insecticide will get rid of wasps but is not highly toxic to mammals. The entrance to the nest or the nest itself IS treated using this insecticide.
DIY Wasp Nest Removal Treatment
PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the governing body for pest control in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures you have a qualified, fully insured company treating your pest problem.
Call us on 0330 100 2811 for free wasp advice or to book an appointment for wasp nest removal.