Wasp Nest Removal & Advice
Predator Pest Solutions are specialists in treating wasp nests. If you would like to book an appointment, please call 0800 112 3480 or fill in the form on the right.
Although there are numerous species of wasp in the UK, the main species are the Common or German wasp and the Hornet. The ‘worker’ wasps are those normally seen outside the nest and are typically between 10-30mm in length, with a distinctive yellow and black banding on their abdomen. If you see larger wasps in your home, these are most likely to be the ‘queen’ looking for a suitable location to build her nest. Wasps can nest in lofts, eaves, soffits, air grates, cavity walls, sheds, garages, trees, bushes or even in the ground.
Wasp Nest Information & Risks
A wasp nest is normally constructed from chewed wood and saliva and starts off about the size of a walnut, before growing during the summer months. The nest can grow to over 30cm in width, and normally contains between 4,000 and 6,000 wasps, with larger nests holding even greater numbers.
In late summer wasps can become a nuisance to people and animals as the ‘workers’ become drowsy or aggressive while foraging for sweet foods or over-ripe and fermenting fruits. It is at this time that they are most likely to sting, especially if they feel provoked, although they can also attack individually or as a swarm, for no reason.
All the ‘worker’ wasps will die out during the winter months and only the ‘queen’ will survive. The following spring she will leave the old nest or her hibernation cell and commence the construction of a new nest in a new location. The old nest will not be used again, although the location such as a loft can be used many times.
The greatest risk from a wasp is their sting which can be very painful, but for some people a sting can lead to a very serious medical reaction called anaphylactic shock. It is therefore best to keep away from any wasp nest and call for professional help.
Wasp Nest Removal & Pest Control
The treatment of a wasp nest involves the dusting of the nest and any entrance points with an HSE approved insecticide powder. If the nest is inaccessible (behind a cavity wall for example), the nest can still be treated by dusting around the entry points, as this is then picked up by the ‘worker’ wasps and carried into the nest.
In most situations it normally takes around 30 minutes for our technician to complete their risk assessment and the required treatment, but this can be extended if other hazardous conditions exist.
Once completed, the wasps will quickly start to die off, but it can take up to a day or two for all wasp activity to cease. There is no necessity to remove the wasp nest, as once the treatment is completed the nest will not be used again, but if it is accessible and required we can return and remove the nest at a later date for an additional charge.
The wasps and their nest must not be approached or removed until all wasp activity ceases.
To reduce the risk of a wasp sting:
- Avoid wearing perfumes and bright coloured clothing.
- Remove or cover all food sources.
- Keep yourself & others a safe distance from any nest.
- Close windows, doors or ventilation points.
- Do not attempt to swat the wasps as they can release a chemical which attracts others.
- If someone is stung take initial first aid steps and consult their GP or NHS Direct.
- Call Predator Pest Solutions on Freephone 0800 112 3480.
On arrival, our technician will:
- Establish the location of the nest/s.
- Determine the most appropriate method for access and treatment.
- Brief the customer on their findings and recommended next steps.
- Ensure the safety of others.
- Wear their protective equipment and commence with the treatment.
- Ensure the area is left safe and provide a written report.