Pest control - wasps

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You may have one of three problems

  • An active wasp nest on your property.
  • Hibernating queen wasps waking too early.
  • Nuisance wasps (where the nest cannot be found).

Whatever the scenario you will want to get rid of the wasps as they can cause a nasty sting that gives you not only a dose of venom but also an unhealthy amount of bacteria. Wasps are naturally defensive of their nests and will sting anyone or anything (without provocation) just for walking near to the nest. So if you have a nest close to your home or in your garden you should have it treated to avoid the risk of being stung.

The wasps

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The defensive nature of the wasps combined with the sheer number of individual wasps within a nest is what makes them formidable. Every nest is different and the mood of the nest all depends on the queen wasp. Sometimes you can treat a nest and the wasps remain calm, yet another nest may attack before the treatment has even been carried out.

If you suffer with any allergies then you should be very careful to avoid being stung not only by wasps but by any stinging insect. However wasp stings and bee stings can be potentially life threatening.

The law

Wasps are not covered by law so you are free to eradicate them.

The council

We do not offer a pest control service. You can find local contractors in Yellow Pages or you can ring us for advice.

The answer

You should really call in a professional to deal with wasps as they can be very aggressive and unpredictable. Look out for early signs of a wasp nest and deal with the problem as early as possible. There are a number of options available including smoking, insecticides and nest removal. The good news is that wasps do not return to the same place so once the nest is removed you will not have a problem in the same place.

Please don’t just block an entrance to a wasp nest with either expanding foam or grey tape. Blocking entrances result in the wasps becoming super agitated. They will find or create an alternate entrance, which maybe inside the property so causing you more anxiety with the possible outcome of wasp stings to the occupants.

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Published: 22 August 2013 - 3:58pm