Dealing with Wasps and Hornet nests safely.
Every wasp and hornet nest is unique, some are extremely aggressive and some are very placid. You can never tell which way it is going to go. Some common wasps in particular are extremely defensive and will attack people for no apparent reason even if they are some meters away from the nest.
But in almost every case, as soon as the nest is treated there is an immediate build up of wasps or hornets at the entrance to the nest. The act of injecting the insecticide under pressure into the nest triggers a reaction from the wasps inside the nest and also the wasps returning to the nest from their foraging duties which are aware that something has happened.
It is our belief that the initial treatment of the nest dampens the pheromone emitted by the queen and returning wasps cannot pick up the scent of the nest, thus are alarmed or surprised upon their return.
So for a brief while there is a build up of wasps outside the nest entrance, but normally after 20 minutes or so, they settle down and start entering the nest as usual.
As they enter the nest they carry the insecticide into the nest with them and this effects all the occupants of the nest.
We always advise customers to close any windows and stay away from the area of the nest for a brief time after it has been treated.
Be aware that dead wasps or hornets can still sting if they are stepped on with bare feet. If you have had a wasp nest treatment recently, the chances are that there will be dead wasps on the ground and this should be kept in mind. If you have children, make sure that they always have some sort of protection on their feet when playing in the garden after a nest treatment.
If you have wasps that are gaining entry into the house, try and locate where they are getting in, sometimes it’s just a small hole or gap that can be taped over to prevent them gaining access.
If you can take a look around the outside of the house, paying particular attention to the roof, you will very quickly notice where the nest is. Watch our wasp nest identification video to help you know what to look for
In some more serious cases, (most usually in older houses) wasps and hornets manage to build a nest inside the house and have gone unnoticed until the occupants start getting stung. If you find yourself in this situation, the best course of action is to try and locate the area or room that the nest is in, open the windows, shut the doors and keep everyone out of that room. Call us immediately to deal with the problem.
As stated on other pages of the site, wasp and hornet stings can produce an Anaphylactic Shock in some people. You won’t know if you are allergic to wasp or hornet stings until you are stung. Anaphylactic Shock is an allergic reaction and Wasps, Hornets and Bee stings can all produce this effect.
If you are stung and feel unwell, seek immediate medical attention. Don’t leave it, as it can be dangerous, producing low blood pressure and inflammation of the lungs.
We charge a flat fee of £40.00 to treat a Wasp or Hornet nest regardless of its location.
We have no hidden extra charges such as VAT or for unnecessary surveys.
Any secondary nests found on your property we charge an additional £10.00 per nest.
All work is guaranteed.
We work WEEKENDS too! So if you have found a nest whilst out in your garden and it is a Saturday or Sunday, don't worry, just give us a call and we will come straight out.
Please be sure you have identified the species before calling us.
If you are unsure of what species of wasp or bee you have, please call us and we will be happy to help you identify the problem.
Due to a large number of false call outs in the past we now charge a call out fee of £35 for call outs to bees.