wasp nest removal & treatment
Wasps in the UK emerge in the spring, when the queen comes out of hibernation. They lay progressively more eggs throughout the warmer months, and a nest will be at its peak in late summer. The two most common species in the UK are the Common Wasp and the German Wasp. Nests can contain up to 5,000 wasps and should not be disturbed unless in protective clothing.
Generally, if you are seeing a large number of wasps in and around your property, it is likely a nest is nearby. The average nest contains 5,000 wasps. You will often think you are just seeing one or two darting in and out or hanging around the entrance. However, these are usually different wasps each time. Wasps will usually use the same single entrance too, which is often a distinguishing characteristic of a wasps nest.
Firstly, we strongly advise against tackling wasps yourself. Even if you’ve had no reaction to prior stings, the human body can still go into anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.
“Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. It can be very serious if not treated quickly. If someone has symptoms of anaphylaxis, you should call 999 for an ambulance immediately.” NHS, A-Z of health
The problem is a social wasp in distress emits a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy. Scare a wasp and it might call for backup.
As mentioned above, wasps can pose a significant threat to you, your family, and your pets. However, they do also help in pollination and also help keep smaller insects under control. If the nest is in a place where it doesn’t need to be treated, e.g. the end of a very large garden or in an empty field you may own – we suggest leaving the nest. It will die out in the autumn months. However, wasps do get more aggressive towards the end of the year, so if it is in the vicinity of your property – it is best to get them removed. They can also cause damage to building material if left untreated inside a property.
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What to expect with a wasp removal booking
You will receive a response within the day from our team who will be able to provide a quotation, and schedule a visit at a time and date to suit you. On the day of the visit, you will receive a text with a live update when the technician is on their way, and the option to track them on your phone.
When booking, you will be required to agree to our one-page Covid document. We will wear a mask and also maintain social distance at all times.
Once treated, the wasp nest will initially seem to increase in activity. This will subside in the following hours, and if there is still activity 48 hours after treatment, we come back free of charge to retreat (although this is very rarely required).
We accept payment via cash, bank transfer or card, and all customers will be provided with an invoice, detailed treatment report, and advice.