Questions answered about wasps - Page:2
After the application of a treatment to a nest, we always advise that customers stay away from the nest area for a couple of hours, or until all activity has ceased.
In reality, wasps usually die off within 15 minutes after coming in contact with the treatment. The delayed reaction to the insecticide gives them time to carry the dust into the nest interior and spread it around, contaminating the whole nest. Any foraging wasps will need time to return to the nest to come in contact with the treatment, and this can take a couple of hours for them to all make it back to the nest. A sizeable busy nest might go on for a bit longer.
Occasionally one or two wasps will not make it back to the nest until the following morning; if this happens, it is not a failed treatment. These wasps will eventually enter the nest and die.
We suggest customers are patient and only call us back if the nest is still active the following day.
Over the last decade, it has become apparent how pesticides have affected our bee population. Most people are now aware of the problems and are keen to avoid killing bees unnecessarily.
Bees are not protected, but there are strict guidelines on how pest controllers deal with bees.
In some cases, there is no other choice but to kill a colony, but it should be the last course of action. If it has been decided that a colony must go, all access points must be blocked after treatment and when possible the honeycomb removed. The reason for this is bees will take advantage of an unguarded honeycomb with stores of honey, and if the comb is contaminated with a residual insectiside, the bees raiding the comb could take contaminated honey back to their nest/hive and kill their colony.
There are new ways of removing bees without the use of insecticide being tried and tested all the time. If you have bees, contact your local beekeeping association and discuss the problem with them. We no longer deal with any bee species.
If you have a wasp nest near a pond, there will be some considerations to the approach taken. The insecticide that we use must not enter any water sources and is very harmful to aquatic life. We will need to discuss the situation with you and form a plan of how we can treat the nest safely without contaminating the water source. There will be some occasions where this is impossible to achieve, and we will not be able to proceed.
Common wasps are slightly smaller than the German wasps, and these are the ones that you will find nesting in your home (loft/shed) or underground.
German (European) wasps build their nests in bushes and hedgerows and are slightly larger than the common wasp.
If you have wasps in your garden regularly, then there is a wasp nest nearby! The best advise we can give you is to sit and watch them, try to see where they are coming from and the direction that they leave in, this is where the nest will be.
If you suspect that the nest is on your property, pay close attention to your roof (FROM OUTSIDE), stroll around the house, if the nest is there, you will see wasps arriving and leaving with some frequency depending on how big the nest is and the time of year. If the nest is elsewhere on your property, you will have to follow the direction of the wasps until you can home in and pinpoint the location of the nest (note: they can nest in holes in the ground)
We charge a set fee of £45.00 to treat a Wasp or Hornet nest regardless of its location.
There are no hidden extras for call outs, climbing ladders, working in lofts or unnecessary treatments.
We can treat any additional nests that you have found on your property if you want us too while we are there. For this, we charge another £10.00 per nest (obviously if treated on the day of the original call out).
As certificated and fully insured operatives, all our work is guaranteed.
Payment is required on completion of work.
Note: We do not accept bank transfers.
We are not registered for Value Added Tax.
Make sure you have identified the species of flying insect before calling us. If you are unsure, please text us a clear photo and we will be happy to help determine your problem or call us and we will talk it over with you and advise.
While it is understandable that you may wish to have a go and treat the nest yourself, using proprietary products which you might have purchased, we strongly advise against doing this!
We mention this because in our experience, for every success story this action can often end in a complete disaster.
However, if you do wish to embark upon this often hazardous endeavour, do not call us to sort out the frequently dangerous aftermath.
Please do not call us out for bees. We do NOT treat any bee species.
Note: if you book our services you will be given an approximate time slot of morning or afternoon.
We will do our utmost to be there as promised. Please make sure you are at home when we arrive.
For your safety: we advise for several hours after treatment, keep children and pets indoors and windows/doors closed.
If you have found a nest while out in your garden and it is a Saturday or Sunday, don't worry, give us a call and we will try to come out as soon as possible.