How we treat and destroy wasp nests.
In the spring when wasp nests are being constructed they are small and relatively easy to treat. However later on into the summer months when the nest has started to develop and grow with many worker wasps helping to build and defend the nest, things start to get a little more serious.
We urge you to fore-go any attempts at trying to knock an active wasp nest down or (in some outrageous cases) set fire to a wasp nest as the outcome will not be pleasant. A nest knocked to the ground will break apart very easily and the contents of the nest will be exposed, in this case it will be lots of extremely angry wasps looking for revenge.
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 if treated on the day of the original call out.
All work is guaranteed.
Payment required on completion of work.
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, please text us a clear photo and we will be happy to help identify. Or call us and we will talk it over with you.
Please do not call us out for bees, we do NOT treat any bee species.
Please be aware, if we are called out for bees there will be a call out fee.
Wasp stings can produce an Anaphylactic Shock to some susceptible people and in some extreme cases can be life threatening. So with this in mind the best course of action is for no one to get stung whilst dealing with a wasp nest. A professional and experienced approach is best.
We have specialist tools that enable us to reach awkward wasp nest entrances. If a wasp or hornet nest is in a loft space and access to the nest entrance is not available outside, then we have extend-able lances that enable us to reach the nest within the loft space without getting dangerously close.
When treating nests in a loft space it is particularly tricky with the confined spaces involved and lack of rapid exit opportunities.
We strongly advise that you do not try and block the entrance to a nest. We have attended nests that have been blocked, sometimes with tape or even worse expanding foam and the results are not pretty. Wasps that have their entrance blocked do not just give up and die, instead they become agitated and will find another way out, this unfortunately means that they can chew their way through a wall or ceiling and in the worst case scenario they end up inside the house. Wasps returning to a nest that has had its entrance blocked will similarly look for another way into the nest.
We strongly advise you not to set fire to a wasp nest. You will not kill all the wasps using this method and apart from it being a hazard, it will also trigger the wasps to attack and sting. Wasps are highly defensive of their nests and any threat to the nest and their young will provoke an attack, when this happens the wasps emit a pheromone which signals to the other wasps to join in the attack, this happens extremely fast.
Once we have established that you have an active Wasp or Hornet nest we can arrange to visit your property at a time that suits you.
We will identify the entrance points to the nest and apply an insecticide under pressure to these entrances in the form of a white dust (this insecticide is not available to the general public and is for professional use only).
The wasps on returning to the nest will walk through the dust and carry it into the nest.
In some cases where the entrance to the wasp nest cannot be easily located or access is restricted (most usually on very tall buildings) the nest will need to be located and physically injected with the insecticide, this is usually carried out within the loft space of a building.
The insecticide is fast acting and the nest will become inactive by the end of the day, when all foraging Wasps or Hornets have returned to the nest.
We advise customers to stay clear of the wasp nests for period after treatment as sometimes the application of the insecticide can agitate the Wasps for a brief while.
We advise customers that Wasp nests do not normally need to be removed. Although in some situations this cannot be avoided and we will provide a wasp nest removal service in certain circumstances.
The reason we do not normally remove nests after treatment is simple: wasps by their very nature are foragers and most of the adult wasps are out of the nest during the day looking for food and nest building materials. When the nest is treated, it takes time for all these foraging Wasps or Hornets to return to the nest where the insecticide will be waiting for them. If we were to remove a nest before all the Wasps have returned, there will be a build up of Wasps looking for the removed nest, they will have nowhere to go and could become aggressive. In some cases they simply rebuild the nest.
So if a nest needs to be removed for whatever reason, it will have to be treated in the normal manner and when all the wasps have succumbed to the insecticide, then the nest can be safely removed.
Most nests are left in their current position as wasps do not re-use a nest from a previous colony or an older nest from a previous year. Occasionally a new nest will be built next to an old one, the only reason this is done is because the location is an ideal one for Wasps.
We have never attended wasp nests that we could not treat.
Please note: Due to the decline in our native Bees we do not to treat colonies of Honey Bees.
If you find yourself with a Honey Bee swarm, try and find a local Bee keeper, they are usually more than happy to come and collect a swarm of Bees free of charge.
We do not treat Bumble Bees and we do not treat Mason bees (harmless bees which are superb pollinators and are unable to sting) or Mining Bees (harmless Bees that bury into the soil and are unable to sting).