In The UK we have over nine thousand species of wasps. Most are microscopic some two hundred or so are solitary wasps, as such we don’t normally recognise them as wasps. However, there are two types of wasps that we are all familiar with Vespula vulgaris (Common wasp) and Vespula germanica (German wasp). This page is dedicated to the Wasp Nest Removal of these two types of wasps.
On the left of the picture is a Common wasp. Notice how this wasp has thicker black stripes than the German wasp and has slightly longer antennae. The German wasp on the right has black spots on its abdomen and is the main way of identification between the wasps. German wasps also have black spots on the face
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The Common or Social wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespula germanica) can be very aggressive and irksome during the summer months. Who hasn’t been to a barbeque and had a wasp pestering them?
Wasps are dangerous insects, they will attack in numbers if they think the wasp nest is threatened. When a wasp stings you ( or a family pet? ) they release a pheromone which attracts and encourages other wasps to sting. The pheromone is what they are following when they chase people who have been stung. They will follow for up to one hundred yards stinging all the way. This can be particularly dangerous if you are allergic to wasp stings as you could go into anaphylactic shock.
Consequently, it is always the best option to let a professional pest controller deal with the nest, keeping you and your family safe.
Help Us To Help You
DO NOT try to block the wasps in as this causes the wasps to find another way out and very often you will have the wasps coming out into your premises.
PLEASE leave the wasps to do what they want, we can deal with the problem much better.
DO NOT try to kill the nest yourself, again we can deal with the nest and you are only leaving yourself open to being stung.
PLEASE have keys to gates, sheds etc handy.
PLEASE clean up after pets as we are looking up most of the time.
DO have a look around your property and try to find out where the wasp nest is, look at the roof line, soffit area, roof valleys, air bricks etc, you may have two wasps nests (not uncommon and we treat the second nest for free).
We also offer an EMERGENCY CALL OUT SERVICE at a cost of 150 pounds. Although this may seem expensive you should only use this service if you really need it ie: Wasps have made a hole in the bedroom ceiling and are infesting the room and you need the problem fixing as soon as possible. This service must be paid for in advance and you must phone 0800 772 3363 to book the treatment. We will make your problem a high priority and will endeavour to get to your premises within one hour.
Bonus Second Wasp Nest Treated Free On The Same Visit And The Same Property
First of all, we inject the nest with a small amount of insecticide. If we cannot get to the nest ie: it is in a cavity wall we inject the area where the wasps are entering and leaving the nest. This means wasps cannot feed the nest and one of the wasps will carry the insecticide into the nest thereby killing the wasp nest. We GUARANTEE to kill the nest.
The nest must stay in place because of wasps out foraging need to return to the nest. If the wasps can’t find a nest they will just fly around trying to find it, so if you take the nest away on the same day you will have a lot of wasps hanging around your property. The nest is made of paper mache so it really doesn’t need to be removed. We recommend you wait for a couple of weeks for the wasp nest to die completely before you remove it.
Queen wasps awaken from hibernation about the middle of April and set about the task of building their nests. A wasp constructs the nest from dead wood and wasp saliva which the wasps mash together to make a type of paper mache. She can choose any location from a hole in the ground to under the ridge tile of a building and anywhere in between.
In the springtime, she builds a nest about the size of a golf ball called a petiole. In here she will build cells and lay about a dozen eggs which she tends and feeds. The eggs take about two weeks to develop into the wasps we are familiar with. The length of time it takes for a wasp to develop is dependant on the amount of food the Queen wasp is able to find. When the workers emerge they take over the expansion of the nest and the feeding of the young leaving the Queen to her only task of laying eggs.
As more workers hatch the nest can quickly grow, doubling in size in a week. As a result, this can bring problems to the householder. The one problem wasps have is they are not very good at choosing nest sites. If you have a wasp nest on your property you may hear a ticking or crackling sound coming from the nest, this is the wasp’s mandibles clicking together as they try to expand their nest. They will be chewing away at the plasterboard usually in a bedroom. I have also seen wasps flying away from the nest with little polystyrene balls which is your cavity wall insulation.
A worker wasp has a proboscis to drink liquid with and they get the liquid they need from wasp larvae. The worker will go out and catch all manner of insects which they take back to the nest to feed the larvae. In return, the larvae exude a sweet sugary liquid called chitin which the wasps now drink. This gives them a sugar hit encouraging them to go and get more insects. As the weeks go by the nest gets bigger and bigger.
They become more noticeable in July as more and more workers hatch. If you have a wasp nest you will see a constant stream of wasps going to and from the nest.
In the meantime, the nest continues to grow through July and August and at its height can contain 10,000+ wasps. Eventually, in mid-September, the nest produces around 2000 new Queens. These new Queens now finally leave the nest never to return and prepare for hibernation. The wasp colony structure begins to break down about this time and wasps start to crave their sugar hit. This is because the queen has stopped laying eggs and there are no young to feed. Now wasps start to feed on fermenting fruit (getting drunk?)and start to become a nuisance. They want your sweet sugary drink etc. In October the nest will die off naturally.
You may see wasps just flying around part of your property. They don’t seem to be going anywhere or doing anything. The wasps don’t know where to go. They are unable to find their way back to the nest. Usually, they are young wasps who have left the nest for the first time. Wasps frequently get the right part of the building but the wrong building. Or the right building but the wrong part of the building. With this in mind have a look at a neighbour’s property around the same area. You may be able to see if you can see where the nest actually is.
I have also seen wasps taking larvae out of their own nest (twice in seventeen years). The wasps just abandon the grubs on the ground. I am at a loss to explain this behaviour. All things considered, it could be the lack of food, disease or some other explanation. In conclusion, this behaviour does suggest that wasps are not cannibals.
Similarly, wasps will often attack bee hives just to get at the bee larvae.
Spheksophobia (The fear of wasps) comes from the Greek word ‘spheco’ meaning wasps and Phobos the ‘Greek God of fear’
Another fact about wasps is that they don’t swarm. If you see swarming insects they are most likely Honey Bees.
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