There are two common pest species of wasp in the UK; the Common Wasp and the German Wasp. The Queen will construct a small nest from wood pulp and raise a few workers. These workers will go on to continue constructing the wasp nest and care for the next batch of wasps that emerge. By September, generally, the nest is at the limit of its size and capacity – with up to or in excess of 10,000 workers. In Autumn, the Queen mates and then leaves the nest to hibernate over Winter in tree bark or in buildings and emerge in spring to create a new nest. The rest of the colony will die after the Queen has left. This is the time that most people are stung or wasps become a major problem. With no Queen, no pheromones and no purpose, they are likely to sting people for no apparent reason. Once the wasp nest has expired, it will not be re-used the following year.
How can wasps effect you?
- If a nest is disturbed or broken there will be a lot of angry wasps loose around your home or business.
- This can lead to staff or home occupants being stung.
- Large amounts of wasp activity can be distressing to children or those allergic to the sting.
- Dead and dying wasps are unhygienic and can cause contamination of stock and food preparation.
How AgriPest can help
Getting rid of wasps and their nests should be a job for experts. We have often been asked to attend homes and places of work to treat wasp nests, only to find someone has had a go at doing it themselves, resulting in a lot of aggressive wasps flying around.
Our highly trained and experienced technicians will carry out a full assessment before treating the nest, to make sure there is minimum risk to staff, customers or home occupants. All of our technicians use specialist safety equipment ensuring a fast, effective and professional service.