Problem with wasps?

10 July 2017

How to spot signs of wasps and how to deal with them.

If you have a large number of wasps in your home, garden or business there is likely to be a nest nearby. In the summer a mature nest can contain thousands of wasps.

Wasp stings can be very painful and can cause an allergic reaction in some people. So it’s important to deal with a wasp nest sooner rather than later to avoid the dangers they can pose. If you suspect you have a wasp nest on your property, we would always recommend calling in the professionals. If you disturb a wasp nest you may provoke the wasps to attack and sting – their form of defence.

The nests are made from chewed wood [pulp and saliva giving them their distinctive papery walls. They start off quite small in size in the spring – maybe the size of a walnut. As the summer develops they can get to the size of a football or even bigger. Wasps like to build their nests in sheltered spots, so you often find them in wall cavities, roof spaces, under eaves, in bird boxes, sheds or garages they even make their nests in the ground.

Here are some tips on dealing with wasps

The best way to deal with wasps is to avoid them. However, if you run a business where your customers may come into contact with them, or you have young children or animals this may not be enough.

Dispose of old nests

Generally, it’s best to leave a live nest alone. However, wasps never return to an old nest, so remove and dispose of it – you can do this yourself, as long as the nest is empty. Keep an eye out for signs of a new nest, as if a building has had a wasp nest in the past, it’s likely it could do so again. Remove all traces of the old nest and try and block the wasps’ entrance route.

Know when to call in the experts

Wasps will leave as soon as the weather gets cold, but if you’re worried by their presence, especially if you have young children, pets or run a business, call in a trained pest controller. Don’t tackle a live wasps’ nest yourself, as the insects can become very aggressive when they feel threatened and are more likely to sting.

Secure bins and clear away food stuffs

Wasps are attracted to foods, so the way you handle food and drink outdoors can either deter or attract wasps. Any food left outdoors such as pet food, picnic scraps, fallen fruit from trees, open cans of juice and pop, open rubbish bins should be removed or covered. Also keep bins away from windows or doors so wasps are not attracted to come into your home or business.

Try not to swat the wasp

When a wasp is swatted or squashed it releases a pheromone (chemical) which attracts nearby wasps. It’s always best to just walk away from a wasp.

Keep windows and doors shut

If you have a wasp infestation keep doors and windows closed to prevent them entering your premises.

Above all keep safe

Make sure you keep yourself, other family members, pets or customers safe. Keep them away from the problem area and call in professionals as soon as you can.

At Abate we can safely deal with wasps and their nests. So, make sure you call us and get your wasp problem dealt with by expert pest control technicians.

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