Did you know, male wasps don’t sting! Only the female has the egg-laying ovipositor that is modified into a stinger.
There are over 7,000 wasp species living in the UK, comprising a huge variety of solitary and social species, however there will be a few that you see more than the rest, These include;
Common/German wasp (Vespula vulgaris/germanica)
European hornet (Vespa crabro)
Yellow-legged Asian hornet (Vespa velutina)
Red wasp (Vespula rufa)
While wasps and hornets aren’t necessarily aggressive, you will make no mistake realising you’ve disturbed a nest of yellow jackets. Once threatened they release a pheromone to warn other of a threat, and so the swarm begins.
Common Wasps nests require shelter from the elements, but can be found in Almost all habitats, from woodland to your loft/ attic. Once in your roof space, wasps will build their nest out of wood pulp and saliva turning it into an extraordinary paper nest.
The treatment process for wasps is rarely the same, as they can build nests anywhere.
But usually A nest would Be Eradicated with an insecticide of some variation which delivers a lethal dose to the queen.
A top DIY method for eradicating a wasp nest is to use washing up liquid and water. This stops them from being able to fly almost immediately!
Tackling a wasp nest can be very dangerous and requires full ppe, so it’s best left to a professional.
If you or Anyone else has a wasp problem the requires urgent assistance get in touch on our contact form, or call Direct below.
You'll likely know if there is a wasp nest nearby, you just have to find it
If you are noticing high numbers of wasps in the area, there is likely a nest nearby.
Look for possible entry and exit points by following general wasp traffic.
Only when wasps feel threatened they will attack to protect their young.
Wasps carry venom in their stings that may be life-threatening to people who are allergic to the poison. This allergic reaction is known as anaphylaxis.
HONEYBEE OR WASP?
Honeybees have a hairier fuzzy appearance.
Amber to brown colour
Found feeding on flowers
Sting only once, then die
Gentle unless hive is threatened
Smooth and shiny
Black and bright yellow
Feed on insects, sugars and fruit
Sting multiple times
A treated wasp nest is full of dead larvae which can begin to smell quite bad, and can attract flies.
You can choose to have the nest fully removed which will stop the bad smells and flies congregating around your old nest.