Wasps nest in dry sheltered locations. Eaves, lofts and sheds
are common sites for wasps to build their nests during the
spring and summer months once overwintering queens have emerged
from hibernation. If you discover a wasps nest close to your
property, or in an inconvenient location, you should contact a
professional wasp control service to have the wasps nest removed.
While it is true that wasps are an asset to the environment by
controlling other small pests, a wasp sting can be painful.
Unlike bees, wasps can and do sting repeatedly if threatened.
For some people, a wasp’s sting can cause an allergic reaction,
or in certain circumstances bring on anaphylactic shock, which is
Aggressive behaviour in wasps may also be exasperated should you
kill wasps near a wasps nest. Dying wasps release a pheromone
that increases wasp aggression. For this reason, when getting
rid of wasps or considering a wasps nest removal, it is advisable
to seek professional wasp control advice rather than risk
aggravating wasps and being stung.
Positive Environmental are experts in wasps nest removals,
and in the long-term eradication of wasps from your property.
We use safe and professional wasp nest eradication methods to
ensure that the wasp colony is fully removed.
As part of our wasp control services we will: -
- Identify the exact location of the wasps nest
- Apply an insecticide to the wasps nest, ensuring
the resident queen wasp, wasp eggs, males and worker wasps in
the nest are eradicated
- Ensure the safe removal of wasps nest wherever l
ocation and access allow
- Conduct a search of the property and immediate
surroundings for signs of other wasps nests, and remove accordingly
During the summer and autumn months worker wasps go in search
of sweet and sticky substances. It is at this time of the year
that wasps around a nest become a real hazard. Don’t leave it
too late – call Positive Environmental today and get rid of those
wasps with ease.
Our wasp control services are available 24/7. We operate a
fixed and fair price policy for the best
value for money wasp control and wasps nest removal services in
Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester and the West Midlands.
Facts on Wasps
Wasps have a bad image. They sting but not if left alone. In fact they are
very beneficial insects with a highly developed social structure.
There are seven species of social wasp in the UK. The commonest is the Common Wasp followed by the German Wasp, both of which nest underground and in cavities in trees, walls
and buildings. The Tree Wasp is common and very aggressive
and builds its nest in trees and other aerial sites as well as underground.
The Norwegian Wasp is less common in the southern half
of Britain but is the dominant species in Scotland. It builds its nest
among twigs and branches. The Cuckoo Wasp does not have
workers of its own and lays its eggs in the nest of another species –
the Red Wasp which nests underground. The largest –
the Hornet is largely a southern species which nests in
hollow trees or in buildings but, with the recent series of mild winters,
it is being found much further north.
Wasp Life cycle
The fertilised queen emerges from hibernation in the spring and sets
about looking for a suitable nest site. For the Common Wasp this is
usually a hole in the ground but may be a cavity in the loft or in a
She sets about making a basic nest constructed from chewed wood pulp
mixed with saliva.
She starts by constructing a single layer or canopy and works outwards
until she reaches the edges of the cavity. Beneath that she constructs a
stalk to which she attaches several cells in which she lays eggs.
These fertilised eggs will develop into sterile females known as workers.
She initially raises the first few sets of eggs herself until enough
workers exist to maintain the offspring and to build the nest without her assistance.
The queen’s only job now is to lay more eggs.
By the end of July she will have produced enough workers (may be
up to 10,000) for them to completely take over the maintenance of the nest
and the feeding of the larvae etc.
Towards the end of the autumn larger cells – known as "Royal
Cells” – are constructed and are used to rear the queens that
will found next year’s colonies (it would appear that whether a larva
develops into a worker or a Queen depends to some extent on the amount
and type of food given to it). Males are also produced at the same time
from unfertilised eggs. These leave the nest, mate and the mated females
(future queens), then overwinter to start the cycle again.
Meanwhile, the founder queen, the males and all the workers die and the
nest becomes deserted.
Wasps as Pests
Wasps can cause serious damage to soft fruit but ripening apples and
pears are unlikely to be affected unless first damaged by birds or caterpillars.
Wasps can be a considerable pest in sugar warehouses, jam factories and other
sites containing sweet-smelling substances. They are a nuisance in houses
where food is being cooked or eaten. They are also a serious pest of hive
bees in some seasons. In the spring workers will attack and carry off foraging
worker bees while later in the year they will take honey and carry off bee
grubs and pupae.
Wasps as Friends
Wasps are extremely beneficial animals. They feed their young on a wide
range of invertebrates and in so doing help to control many insect pests.
They also visit flowers and therefore help in pollination.
Emailed on the Sunday, had a call back the same day and they came out on the Monday. Very polite, very prompt, removed the wasps nest. Couldn`t be happier with the service given. Reasonable cost too. Thanks very much!
Thanks very much for your quick response to deal with our wasp nest. On the day James arrived promptly and was polite and professional. Information and advice was clear and relevant. There was minimal disruption during the work. I would highly recommend Positive Environmental.