Questions answered about wasps - Page:7
If you destroy a small wasp nest (golf ball size) with just the queen present and no worker wasps, if you do not kill the queen, she will typically move to a different location and start a brand new nest.
As nests become more established with some worker wasps present, destroying the nest will not work, they simply rebuild in the same position.
A European hornet looks very similar to a normal wasp, just more significant with a rusty brown sheen.
Take a look at some of the pictures we have on our site.
When queen wasps start building their nests, there are no worker wasps present. The queen has to undertake every daily task including collecting nest building materials, finding food for herself, hunting for food for her young larvae and at this time she is very vulnerable to other predators.
Birds often catch and eat queen wasps, other insects also predate on them. If the queen gets killed, her nest is doomed. If a worker wasp gets killed, it is insignificant to the survival of the nest.
Wasp traps are not an alternative to having a nest treated. If you have a wasp nest and you want it gone, you will need to have the nest killed.
Wasp traps have some degree of success where wasps are a problem in gardens. If a nest is close enough, but not on your property and they are bothering you in the garden (at barbeques and other outdoor activities), then a well-placed trap can reduce numbers. The dome type traps which you can buy for a few pounds are not the answer; in fact, these type of traps make the problem worse. It would be best if you had a trap which will catch every wasp that enters it.
The queen wasp is the only wasp in the nest which lays eggs. The queen produces all of the worker wasps, and they are all sterile females.
So, in essence, the queen wasp is reproducing throughout the summer, laying new eggs each day.
In the autumn, the queen lays a batch of special eggs; these are the last eggs which she will produce.
These special eggs are destined to become new queens and male (drone) wasps.
These new queens and males leave the nest to mate. Once mated the males then die, and the new queens find somewhere to hibernate over winter ready for the next year. The original queen along with all of the worker wasps gradually die off as the food supply runs out in winter.
We charge a set fee of £50.00 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 £15.00 per nest (obviously if treated on the day of the original call out).
If you have multiple nests on your property, please give us a call and we can negotiate a fixed price to treat all your nests in one visit.
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.