Wasp nest treatment Maidenhead, Marlow, Cookham, Windsor

What to do if you have a wasp nest?

If you have a wasp nest on your property the easiest and safest option is to have it treated by a professional. Wasps are naturally protective and will sting anything or anyone just for walking near the nest. So if you have one in your home or garden you should have it treated to avoid being stung.

Should I treat wasp nest myself?

There are many products available from D.I.Y. stores and garden centers that claim to get rid of your wasps and it is often tempting to save a few pounds. Choosing to treat a Wasp nest is a not a decision to be taken lightly and can be dangerous if not done properly.

(We are often called after a customer has attempted to treat the nest themselves but have been overwhelmed by becoming defensive. If you treat a nest in your loft without protective clothing you are taking a big risk, is it worth it?) 

Warning some people will suffer from a severe allergic reaction following a wasp sting.

Anaphylactic shock (a severe allergic reaction) can follow after a wasp sting. Here are some of the symptoms.

Severe swelling of the face lips or throat. breathing difficulties, such as wheezing or gasping and dizziness.

A sudden drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness, stomach cramps, diarrhea and a weak or racing pulse.

It is important to seek immediate emergency care to treat anaphylactic shock.

(I am not a doctor so you must consult with them in the first instance this is just a guide)

How are wasps destroyed?

The treatment of a wasp nest is a fairly straight forward exercise for an experienced professional. However the process should not be treated lightly. The moment you disrespect a wasp nest is the moment you get stung.

Full time Pest Controllers use "professional use only" products we use Ficam D. This insecticide is pumped into the nest or an opening where the wasps are gaining entry to the nest. This could be in a wall under a roof tile or a hole in the ground.

When wasps return from their daily foraging duties they walk through this insecticide becoming contaminated and carry it to the nest.

This takes some minutes to effect individual wasps, this gives them time to contaminate the whole nest area before they die.

as more wasps arrive back to the nest more insecticide is taken into the nest and the insecticide effect becomes greater.

What do wasps eat?

Wasps eat different things depending on their age. Baby wasps or larvae are parasites and eat other insects. As adults many wasps live solely on nectar and pollen, much like bees. There are certain wasps that are omnivores and will eat fallen fruit,nectar and other dead insects. Some aggressive species of wasp will invade a honey bee hive and steal the honey or drink the blood of the honey bees themselves. Wasps will also eat any sweet substance they can find such as jam, cakes and other human foods.

How long before a wasp nest dies after treatment?

The wasp nest should die within a couple of hours once all the wasps come in contact with the insecticide, but some may be trapped in a house or shed overnight, but will return to the nest the next day and they too will be affected by the poison and die.

Should i just block the entrance?

No! This will just make it harder for pest controllers to treat, the wasps will try and chew their way out of the nest and you could end up with thousands of wasps in your living area..

Can I be stung by a dead wasp?

Yes! If you have had a wasp nest treated, there will be lots of dead wasps around the area of the nest. If these dead wasps are then stepped on or picked up and the wasp stinger is upright, there is a possibility of being stung

Why do i have a wasp nest every year?

If you end up with getting a wasp nest every year, there is no particular reason for this apart from the location is a good one for the queens to hibernate over winter. Sheds and old houses are particular favourites simply because they have more holes for the queens to easily access your loft/attic. Modern houses do suffer from wasps nest, but because they have less holes in the roof they tend to suffer less.

Can honey bees be removed?

Honey bees differ from wasps, they are not protected as many people believe but this may change. Wherever possible every effort must be made to save them. Most pest controllers will not treat honey bees. Your local bee keeping society will be able to guide you on the best way of treating bees. If for some reason they cannot be removed and they have to be destroyed, there are some regulations about the treatment. After a colony has been treated and killed all entrances must be blocked as soon as possible to prevent foraging bees coming into contact with the insecticide and preferably all the honey combs removed. 

How do i know i have a wasp nest?

If you are finding lots of wasp in your home on a regular basis chances are you have a wasp nest. To find out where the nest is you need to take a look outside. Wasps by their nature are hunting for smaller insects, and you can normally see the flight path leading to the nest. Usually high up into your roof but sometimes into a bush or even into the ground.

What is the difference between a wasp and a hornet?

A hornet is like wasp on steroids, they are larger and stronger a their sting is more powerful. Saying that a wasp by nature is more aggressive, but do not let that fool you into thinking you can treat a hornets nest easier than a wasps nest.

Hornets will tend to be more orange in colour and wasp more yellow in colour.

How much does it cost to get rid of a wasp or hornets nest?

The cost of treatments vary across the country and also from company to company.

We think a reasonable price range is from £40 to £65, which depends on how far we have to travel. Some local cowboy may do it for £30 but more than likely, they are not insured or qualified to deal with wasps & hornets safely. If your unsure ask a copy of public liability insurance. We are members of the NPTA.

We should also note some unscrupulous characters tell customers that they have to use a special treatment as the nest is an awkward one. Most wasp nest are fairly straightforward and no "extra special insecticide" needs to be used.

Masonry Bees

If you have masonry bees around your home chances are you need your house bricks repointing.(see photo) These bees are also known as mortar bees and live alone unlike honey bees.There can be many on wall especially if its south facing as they prefer to come out when the sun is shining and retreating as it gets cooler. These often get confused with wasps or honey bees. The best way of treating these is to have your brickwork in good repair. They can also live in air vents and other hiding holes around your home.

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