Residential Pest Control – Wasps

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Residential Pest Control – Wasps

Ants and wasps only become active in March and usually die off by October. However, mild winter conditions can result in wasps being active up to November.

The wasp’s nest can be found anywhere but predominantly in roof spaces (behind facia boards) and outhouses. You might also find nests in a wall cavity or any other crack and crevice in the structure of a building.

The Queen Wasp usually comes out of hibernation in March and begins laying eggs. Worker Wasps hatch and their task is to feed the Queen (who never leaves the nest) and develop the nest itself. This they do rapidly making room for many more workers and the nest often becomes the size of a football or larger.

Our Pest Control company once dealt with a nest built on the back of a dormant boiler house door. It measured 4′ x 2′ and bellied out a further 18″.

Wasps are quite dangerous when attacked or threatened, as they sting rapidly and repeatedly. Great tales of daring, as told to us by men who were brave to the point of being reckless, are proof positive that the garden hose will not work, and attempting to burn them out with petroleum-based products is most unwise!!!

If you discover a wasps nest in March, April, or even May, the chances are that it will be no bigger than a tennis ball. Do not, however, allow the apparent size of it to fool you into believing that there are only a handful of wasps in residence. Quite a substantial number can live quite happily in a tiny space. A medium to large nest can accommodate up to 25,000 wasps! Unlike Bees, wasps do not swarm, and a new nest is produced each year.

If the wasp is under threat, its most pressing priority is to protect its Queen. Therefore, they will attack. Also, wasps not in the nest at the time of threat will never be too far away and can sense this threat. Therefore, you will not only be dealing with the nest but also have to cope with wasps returning to it from behind you.

Our Pest Control company has used three different types of treatment for wasps. Of the three we prefer to use a Dusting Powder which, because of its composition, can reach areas that might otherwise be inaccessible.

A short mention on Bees. Bees are a protected species in some areas. Therefore, pest control operatives are not entitled to kill them.

Bees differ from wasps by color. The wasp has a yellow and black abdomen while the bee is darker, almost dark brown.

Bees tend to swarm so they are easily removed by professional Beekeepers. Such services can be found in Service Directories.


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