Wasp & Bee Control & Removal
About Wasps and Hornets
Wasps and Hornets have an annual life cycle. Queens produced the previous year spend winter hiding in a crack or crevice (often in lofts), waiting for the warmth of spring to emerge.
As temperatures increase, the Queen will start by selecting a new nesting site. This will often be a hole in the ground, cavity in brick work, inside a tree, a loft space or inside a garden shed. She will begin by laying her first eggs to produce workers. These workers then allow her to focus on egg production while they continue to build the nest, rear the young, harvest food and guard the nest.
They will predate on many species of insects, however the adults cannot digest the food themselves. They feed their catch to their hatched larvae that in return produce a sugary secretion on which the adults can feed.
As the autumn months approach, the nest will produce Queens ready for the next year. As temperatures drop and food becomes scarce, the nest will die off. However, the new young Queens will disperse tohibernate over winter, ready to build new nests the following year.
Why control Wasps and Hornets
Nests located away from human activity often cause very little problems and have a positive impact on the environment.
However nests located near buildings, gardens and any other area of human activity can at least be a nuisance, and at worst be a safety concern. Wasps and hornets will readily sting people and animals they feel are a threat. For the majority of people a sting can cause pain, swelling and discomfort for a day or so. Others can suffer from anaphylactic shock, requiring immediate medical attention.
How we can help
If you discover a nest, please call us first for advice. We would never recommend anyone not properly trained and without the correct equipment tackle a wasp or hornet nest. We are able to treat the nests wearing full protective equipment, and often at a distance using telescopic lances.
We will also importantly be able to identify the wasp and hornet, so they are not mistaken for native bees.
We use a range of techniques, most of which involve the destruction of the nest within 12 – 24 hours. Every situation is different, so after a full survey our technician would select the appropriate action being mindful of the safety of those in the area, and also minimising any environmental impact.
Our nest treatments are fully guaranteed, meaning you will not be charged should we need to revisit to apply an additional treatment to the same nest.
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