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Wasps, Hornets & Bees

Wasps nests and Hornets are without doubt the single most dangerous pest we deal with. Most of us have been stung by a wasp at sometime in our lives, usually by a lone worker wasp that has got in the way of our daily activity. A wasp or Hornets nest is a different and far more dangerous adversary. Anyone who has inadvertently disturbed one will know that they will treat the most minor disturbance as aggressive and utilise a full scale attack on the victim as the best form of defence.

There are many DIY products out there for the treatment of wasps nests but to date not one of them advises you that you will undoubtedly get stung many times unless you are completely protected once you start to attack it and are fully knowledgeable and trained as to how to stop them doing so. Whatever value you put on self inflicted pain bear in mind by the time you add the cost of the DIY product, time spent sourcing and buying it, the financial saving made will likely be less than half what a trained professional will charge you to kill it and possibly get stung on your behalf.

Wasps will build their nests in a variety of inconvenient places that will disrupt your daily life such as roof spaces, airbricks, holes in cavity walls, holes in the ground, compost heaps, sheds, hedges and bushes. Our most common species are the Common wasp (Vespa vulgaris) German wasp (Vespa germanica) Norwegian wasp (Dolichovespula norwegica) and in the last 15 years the French or tree wasp (Dolichovespula media) which is in our opinion by far  the most aggressive. The nest will start (depending on species) on or about Mid May and continue to grow in size until new queens leave the nest in September. By this time an average Common wasp nest will contain 3 to 5 thousand worker wasps who will become extremely protective about the Queen wasp, newly emerging queens, the nests entrance and its immediate airspace. To kill any wasp nest the queen will have to be killed within it and most DIY treatments do not achieve this leading to the workers being yet more aggressive to any human or animal approaching it.

We will always guarantee all our wasp nest  treatments and any failure will be entitled to a free revisit and treatment.

Tip of the day Under no circumstances try to destroy a nest by blocking the entrance to the nest, they will undoubtedly find another way out and if in an airbrick or cavity wall of your house will probably force them to emerge inside. Once the entrance is blocked it is extremely difficult for a professional to treat it as this is where we would introduce our chemicals to succesfully destroy it.

Hornets are very much like wasps only significantly larger in size and rarer. We will treat these nests in the same way as wasps and also guarantee their treatment.

Bees although in the same family (Hymenoptera) are obviously more beneficial to our environment, gardens and food production in general. As a matter of policy we do not like to destroy them unless they are causing a significant risk to the occupants health and well being or property.  There are many misconceptions regarding the ‘protection’ of bees and whether it is illegal to destroy them and sadly it does not appear that there is any specific legislation that prevents their destruction. Our policy therefore is that we wont kill them unless they are a) on private property or permission is granted by the authority or landowner b) they represent a significant risk to the occupiers because of their location c) they cannot be retrieved by a beekeeper and relocated because of their situation.

In terms of ‘significant risk to the occupiers’  the onus of risk for legal reasons is most definately the decision of the occupier, regrettably although this may sound like a cop out by us or an excuse to destroy them, as a company we cannot take responsibility for deciding what is safe or is not for the occupant as everyones situation is different.  Needless to say we are most definately on the side of the bees and if we can avoid it and we will always try to, (by providing alternative solutions, relocation or advice) not use the ultimate sanction.