It's getting to that time of year when wasps start to become a nuisance and in some cases cause a threat to health. But are you having to deal with wasps or hornets? Can you tell the difference between them and what are the potential risks of each?
Hornets are actually a type of wasp, they nest in the same way and can require the same method of wasp nest removal. Hornets are known to be less aggressive than wasps if unprovoked but their stings can be more painful because of the chemicals found in their venom. In the UK, you're more likely to spot the difference in size between a wasp and a hornet. The two most commonly found wasp species are the Common and German wasp with an average size 12-17mm whereas the European Hornet can be up to 40mm long.
Wasps make their nests in sheltered spots such as disused mouse holes, hollow trees, garages or sheds. Detecting wasp nests in your property can be difficult as they can build their home in inaccessible wall cavities or loft eaves. Swarming insects, buzzing noises and evidence of grey/brown papery material from their nest can help indicate a wasp nest nearby.
Swarming wasps too near you and your home can be unsettling for your family. Wasps near your business can be unattractive to customers and are a potential public safety hazard. You have a duty to protect your customers and staff and so wasp nest removal may be the answer. Disturbed nests can be aggressive and wasp nest removal should only be carried out by an experienced professional.
Although they can be irritating, wasps can be beneficial as they feed their young with caterpillars and other insects that may be pests in gardens. Wasp treatment and wasp nest removal should only be carried out if they pose a risk to public health and safety.
Wasps carry out seemingly unprovoked attacks when they feel threatened which in turn send out a pheromone to nearby colony members who join to defend themselves and their nest. Their painful stings also carry great risk to those with allergies causing difficulties breathing, dizziness, a swollen face and can send sufferers into anaphylaxis - a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.
A mature wasp nest found in late summer will require will require professional treatment due to the high risk of wasp stings. At this stage a nest may contain thousands of individual wasps. To reduce the risk of stings to yourself and others, arrange a visit from a professional. At AJ Pest Control, we offer a complete wasp control solution, and all technicians have protective clothing to keep them safe during treatment.
To get rid of wasps you do not necessarily need a wasp nest removal, but it does need to be treated.We treat all types of wasp species and all treatments are customised to ensure effective control of the wasp nest. Send us a message or give us a call on 01799 542 505 and we'll be happy to advise and discuss your needs.