Wasps

Wasps

Wasps can be a real nuisance in your garden and around the home and the really annoying fact is they tend to appear just at the time we start to enjoy our gardens during July and August. Wasps are very protective of their territory and will attack if attempts are made to remove or disturb their nests.

Wasps can also attack people in the vicinity of their nests even when no provocation is presented. Wasp stings affect people differently, some people get away with a painful lump for a few days, whilst others can suffer a serious allergic reaction, which in severe cases can lead to death.

But there’s no need to worry Lawnscience has fully trained and experienced technicians who can quickly rid your home and garden of wasps’, permanently. All you have to do is to call the number at the top of this page or fill in your details in the form on the right and we’ll contact you.

We can normally arrange a same day visit.

Our wasp treatments are fully guaranteed to be completely effective because we use the finest insecticides available to the professional market. Once we have treated a wasp nest it extremely rare for the wasps to return, but if they do within 6 months, we re-treat free of charge.

 

Additional Information

In the UK we see at least seven species of Wasp. We are most familiar with the Common or Social Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the Median Wasp (Dolichovespula). They have 3 main body parts; the head, thorax and the abdomen which is striped black and yellow, but will vary in colouration. Worker wasps are approximately 12 – 17mm in size. The Queens are much larger, approximately 20mm.

The Hornet is also part of the Wasp species. It is much larger in size than the Common Wasp, it can be up to 40mm in size. The Hornet will defend it’s nest much like other Wasps and it’s sting is just as powerful as a Wasp sting. Their colonies can reach up to 700 workers. Where necessary, the entire nest will mobilise itself ready to sting in defence. This can be very dangerous to humans. You will often find Hornets around puddles or ponds as they are known to be thirsty creatures. Do not disturb or attack them as they will alarm other hornets nearby with an alarm pheromone, and will become aggressive.

Sheltered places with easy access to the outdoors to build their nests are ideal for the Queen. She will use garden sheds, bird boxes, under the eaves of buildings, garden sheds and wall cavities and even your lawn! Resulting in a great deal of potential problems for homeowners. The Queen will look for fresh wood, which she will chew, shred and mix with saliva to create a material similar to papier mache. Keep an eye on your sheds, gates, wood frames and fence panels as they are preferred real estate for Wasps to nest. Typically you will see small white lines on fence panels or other wood frames, this means a Wasp nest is not very far away.

Wasps begin to construct their nests in Spring and the population is relatively small at this time of year and easier to treat. It is in the later Summer months when the nest is growing with as many as 6000 worker Wasps building and defending the nest that is much more serious to deal with.

It is best to avoid DIY nest removal or treatment especially if you are sensitive to stings. Wasp stings do not only hurt, but they can produce an Anaphylactic Shock in some people and in extreme cases this can be life threatening. We believe a professional and safe approach when dealing with Wasp nests is best. We have a team of Garden and Lawn Pest Control professionals and we offer effective, fast and affordable services to safely treat Wasp nests in your lawn and outside of your home. We can also advise on other lawn and garden pest problems such as Ants and Moles

Several garden waspsWe have had calls from customers in a panic state as they have tried to deal with the Wasp nests in their gardens by knocking them down or much worse trying to set fire to the nest. If a nest is knocked down it breaks apart really easily and is exposed. You will then have to deal with a lot of very angry wasps and the risk of being stung is extremely high. Setting fire to a wasp nest will not kill all of the wasps but it will send them into attack mode and they will sting. Just like us humans they are highly defensive of their home and young and any threat to them will provoke an attack.

We do not advise you to try to block an entrance to a nest. The wasps will not give up trying to gain access back to their nest, and during this time they will be agitated and angry, which again puts you and your family at risk of being stung. Further damage will also be done to the surrounding area where the nest is established, this could lead to the wasps getting inside your house or summer house.

The timing of new queen production will vary from year to year. It is around September when the colony starts to die off and the queen goes into hibernation to begin the whole cycle next year. The workers that are left in the nest will now have little food source. The colony starts to collapse and the worker wasps will fly around aimlessly. This is when wasps will become a real nuisance as they will seek food sources elsewhere. Sugary drinks and food lying about in our gardens are perfect spots for hungry Wasps. As the weather gets colder and food diminishes, the remaining adult Wasps and queens will die off. By Winter most nests will have also died off but occasionally a nest will survive longer if enough food can be found.

If you are suffering with Wasps or other lawn and garden pests, why not take advantage of the Lawnscience Lawn and Garden Pest Control Service?* One of our fully trained, lawn care professionals will be happy to arrange a free review with you, during which they will identify the issue(s) and provide you with a fully costed solution for you to consider. To take advantage of this opportunity just contact your local Lawnscience office.

* Lawn and Garden Pest Control Services are not offered by all Lawnscience locations, please check with your local office.