Wasp Nest Control Frequently Asked Questions.
Are wasps dangerous?
Yes. Wasp stings near the airways or a wasp sting that causes an anaphylactic shock can, in rare cases, be fatal.
How do I know if I have a wasp nest?
If you have a large number of wasps gathering around a small entry point in a building then you may have a wasp nest.
Will the technician treating the wasp nest be trained?
Yes. The pest technician will be RSPH/BPCA (Royal Society For Public Health / British Pest Control Association) qualified.
Does the person visiting my home carry I.D.?
Yes. The pest technician visiting your home or business will have NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association) Photo I.D.
The wasp nest entrance is high up under the gutter, can you kill it?
Yes. We use specialist extendable equipment and can reach most nests in the second floor or third storey eaves of standard houses.
Will you treat for bees?
We will not eradicate Bees.
Is the wasp nest treatment safe for my family and pets?
A COSHH risk assessment is carried before any treatment. If there is any danger to humans or animals, the treatment won’t go ahead.
Do wasps nest in chimneys?
Yes. Wasps will nest in chimneys, but more often Honey Bees colonize chimneys. If there is activity around a chimney in the spring, it’s probably Honey Bees.
Do wasps re-use a nest the following year?
No. Wasps nests are used once. The Queen wasp, builds a new nest in late spring / early summer. Sometimes wasps will build a completely new nest structure inside an old nest because it is in a good location.
Do wasps nest in compost heaps?
Yes. Wasps will nest in compost heaps. A compost heap is also a preferred nest site of Bumble Bees.
Can’t I just block the entrance to the nest?
Never block the entrance to a nest! It can make the wasps dangerously agitated. They may find a new exit point inside the home, which can be very dangerous.
Do wasp nests make noises?
Yes. The nest is made of wood pulp. Scraping and crackling noises can be heard as the wasps built the nest. Wasps also use their wings to regulate the temperature in the nest and the wings hitting the paper lantern-like sides of the nest make a noise.
Do you remove the actual nest?
In the majority cases it is not necessary to remove the nest. However, the nest can be removed on a second chargeable visit once dead.
Can I safely kill the nest myself?
We strongly advise against D.I.Y. treatments. We have professional protective clothing and use professional grade products. For a nominal fee, get a qualified person to deal with the problem and avoid a trip to the hospital.
How long will the wasp nest take to die after being treated?
Nests can take between 2 – 24 hours to die off after treatment, depending on the size of the nest.
Is there anything I need to do before the wasp nest is treated?
Close any windows and doors near the nest, keep any pets away from the area to be treated, and warn neighbours that the nest is going to be treated. This is because the wasps may become agitated after the treatment.