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  • Writer's pictureMichael Sewell


Updated: Apr 4

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 others 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 that 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 us direct below.

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