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Wasp Control Services in London

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Key facts about wasps

A wasps nest is very easy to spot. Wasps will normally make nests in air vents, in lofts, on roofs, under guttering in the eaves and under flat roofs to name but a few places. If the wasps are going in and out of particular hole on a regular basis, it is likely you have a wasps nest. Wasps also visit dustbins and waste depots when looking for things they like to eat, as well as landing on dead animal bodies. This can lead to the spread of disease and contamination of foodstuffs.

As a general rule, you should not attempt to treat wasp’s nests by yourself. It is likely to be difficult and potentially dangerous. On no account should you remove a nest from the roof space. This should be carried out by a professional pest controller.

The main hazard is the risk of ‘anaphylactic shock’ which can arise from even a single wasp sting, which may lead to death. The wasps can cause alarm when present in large numbers and if the nest is in a place where the individuals from it interfere with humans they can inflict painful and sometimes dangerous stings.

Where will you find them?

Wasps usually build their nests inside our roof spaces, attics, garden sheds. Wasps are colonial insects living in social groups. Each colony is establishes itself in the spring by an over wintering queen which makes a smaller starter nest from paper made by itself by mixing wood and saliva.

The colony grows throughout the summer and the nest with it. Many thousand individuals are often associated with each nest, with the workers feeding on nectar, sweet materials and at certain times insect larvae and other animal pieces.

The colony develops males towards the end of the summer to mate with the presumptive queens. After they have mated wasp season comes to an end, and new queens go on to start a new colony the following year. People often wonder do wasps hibernate in houses, a question we look at in more depth on our blog.

How do you know if you have wasps?

Wasps compared to bees are very different in many respects. Wasps are dangerous because they get provoked easily and can attack people in swarms. These slender insects have long wings and a yellow stripy abdomen. The following signs show the presence of a wasp infestation.

  • The presence of a more than usual number of wasps flying around your property often indicates a potential invasion. You may even notice a swarm of these insects crowding in a single area.
  • Wasps live in protected nests. When you see a paper mache type structure in your garden, garage, shed or loft, then wasps have infested your property. The insects use saliva, mud particles of chewed wood to construct their nests. They build them in summer and stay inside throughout the autumn. They are likely to cause a lot of damage if they build a nest inside your wall cavity during that time.
  • A hollow sound on the wall could be another indication of the presence of wasps.
  • Just like ants and termites, wasps can dig holes or chew tunnels into wooden surfaces to build their nests. Therefore, you are may see a pile of chewed wood or sawdust on the exterior part of your house, garage, sheds, bird boxes, roof, and wall cavities or under eaves.
  • You may hear Buzzing or a faint tapping sound when the wasps gnaw wood to create space for their nest. We explore other interesting wasp nest facts on our website, so please feel free to browse.
  • Don’t attempt to destroy the nest because a single nest can hold a lot of worker wasps who will stop at nothing to protect their queen. They can attack and sting en masse when angry or provoked.
  • If you see wasps in your actual house, this can be a sign you have an infection inside the property.

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How do we control wasps?

We treat wasps by applying an insecticidal dust into the entrance of the nest at high pressure which contaminates the nest. Once we have done this, the wasps will distribute the dust naturally around the nest, killing the queen and the rest of the wasp, this will normally take about four hours.  As the wasps tend to get very angry, you will have to stay away from the area during this time.

Our follow up service

We offer a guarantee, should you experience any issues after the treatment is completed. All products are passed by MAFF for safe use in domestic situations. Just remember: you should not try to remove a nest, and you should have a professional pest controller carry out the task as if the wasps feel threatened they will protect their nest and this is when they may sting.

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