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Summer Pest Control – Safe Wasp Nest Treatment

For many people, one of the most unwelcome sights of summer is the return of wasps. Wasps have gained a reputation for their multiple painful stings, which can be fatal if you are allergic. This news article informs you as to what are the best wasp nest treatments that can be applied when faced with these summer pests.

The wasp cycle begins in spring when new hibernating queen wasps start to emerge to build new nests. Toward the end of summer, the queen lays many eggs which hatch to produce male wasps that mate with the queens.

You are most likely to be bothered by wasps in June, July, and August.

Wasp Nest under a table top.

How will I Know if I have a Wasp Infestation?

There are three main indicators that you may have a wasp nest on your property:

  • Number of wasps: If you see a high percentage of wasp activity around your property, it may be that you have a wasp infestation
  • Buzzing sounds: listen out for buzzing noises. If you cannot see wasps, you may be able to hear them
  • Sighting a wasp nest: wasp nests are made from chewed wood, mixed with saliva. This is called wood pulp. Due to the material and process used, wasp nests have a papery appearance, which is greyish in colour. Nests are usually located in sheltered spots, such as roof or loft spaces, in bird boxes, under eaves, sheds and in wall cavities.

Identification is Key

Other flying insects can be confused for wasps, such as different types of bees or hoverflies. Distinct insects need to be managed differently.

If you have correctly identified your pest problem as a wasp, there are still over 7,000 species of wasps in the UK, including social and solitary species. Aggression levels and nesting habits differ between species; therefore, it is important to identify the type of wasp causing your pest problem to know how to treat it in the most effective manner.

In the UK, the most common wasp is the yellowjacket (Vespula vulgaris), but you may also sight the German wasp (Vespula germanica) or many other wasp species.

At Avon Pest Control we have extensive knowledge of wasp species and the best way to move forward with their management.

Act Fast!

Wasps typically become more aggressive as we move through the summer months, therefore it is advisable to contact a professional pest control agency as soon as you think you may have a wasp problem. Nests also grow rapidly.  In spring the nest will be around the size of a tennis ball, whereas the biggest wasp nest in the UK is reported to have been discovered in a country pub chimney stack, measuring 6ft and containing a whopping half a million wasps.

The faster you act the easier it will be to deal with the problem.

Professional Treatment

DIY treatments can be dangerous and not as effective as professional treatments. At Avon Pest Control we have expert knowledge, quality safety equipment and access to the most successful pest control substances that are not available over the counter.  Avoid being stung by wasps and call Avon Pest Control today for fast, affordable, effective pest control.  Let us take the sting out of your summer.


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