Wasps Pest Control

wasp pest controlWasps 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 sometimes fatal.

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 garden shed.

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!

Best regards
Helen Donovan
Gloucester
May 2015



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.

Vicky Jenkins
Worcester


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Within minutes of posting my e-mail I was contacted regarding my enquiry. In booking the appointment I stressed the urgency and was offered an appointment the same day. The Officer turned up on time and was extremely courteous and professional. Excellent service at the right price.

Mr Brettle
Worcester
May 2015


I found Positive Environmental through a Google search when I suddenly discovered I had a wasps nest eating through my plasterboard ceiling which required immediate attention. I sent an online enquiry at about 8.30am and Carol responded within about 10 minutes. My whole problem was completely sorted by midday. Phil, the technician was great. Friendly, informative and very efficient – he knows his wasps! I would highly recommend them for this service.

Sophie Atkinson,
Ludlow
July 2016

Amazing service. Very knowledgeable, spoke to James on Tuesday, wasp nest removed following day. Fully recommend them, they did not try to bluff you with useless information as some of the other firms I contacted. 10/10!

Liz Hughes,
Gloucester
July 2016

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.

 

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