Wasps - FAQs - PEST UK

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Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wasps

Frequently asked questions about wasps:

Locating a nearby wasp nest and treating the nest will keep wasps from that colony away.

Wasps play a vital role in protecting gardens and farm crops by controlling pest populations. They capture and consume insects such as flies, caterpillars and beetle larvae.

Wasps numbers are greatest in late summer when nest populations have peaked.

To kill wasps you will need to treat the entire next with an insecticide spray.

Wasps nesting in a house or building should be killed as they can become aggressive and sting if they feel threatened.

If a queen wasp is killed it will prevent another nest from forming.

While a wasps nest left alone will eventually die out in the winter it will produce ~100 fertile queens before this which will reemerge the following spring to create even more nests.

When wasps attack, they almost always do so as a defence mechanism. Wasps will only sting if they feel they or their nest is under threat.

To treat wasps you do not need to remove the nest. In fact, any attempt to remove a nest before the wasp colony has been eliminated is not only highly dangerous but is also ineffective. 

If you would like to remove an old wasps nest we recommend seeking professional help and leaving the nest a month or so before any attempt is made to remove it. The nest should not be removed until all the vacant wasps have returned, been contaminated by the insecticide and have died.