Wasp Nest Removal: the Time is Now!
The Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German Wasp (Vespula germanica) are aggressive insects, known to chase humans and deliver multiple stings if they feel threatened. Wasp stings can be extremely painful, and potentially life threatening if you have an allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis. Nest removal inevitably disturbs the nest and occupants, provoking wasps to attack in an attempt to defend their nest. Avon Pest Control recommend you seek the services of a professional pest control company should you suspect or locate a wasp nest on your property due to the high chances of being stung, and also the often challenging positioning of nests which could lead to injuries, e.g. hard to reach high locations in roof spaces, and under guttering.
The most opportune time to remove a wasp nest is in late spring or early summer. At this point the nest will be smaller in size, around the size of a golf ball, and therefore easier to manage. Initially, the nest will likely contain only a solitary queen wasp, and a few workers. As the summer progresses, the nest will contain increasingly larger numbers of wasps. The BPCA report a nest can contain as many as 5,000 wasps during late summer, and grow to the size of a football, or bigger. Additionally, wasps are known to become more aggressive in late summer and early autumn, when food sources become more scarce, which increases the likelihood of being stung.
WASP FACT: a single nest can produce 3,000- 8,000 wasps in a year.
If you have located a nest on your property, but it isn’t causing you any concerns, you could wait until later in the year to have the nest removed. Winter is a relatively safe time to remove a nest as in the colder weather queen wasps hibernate, whilst the remaining colony die of cold and lack of food. This considerably reduces the chances of being stung.
Time of Day
It may be advisable to attempt wasp nest removal during early morning or late evening. Wasps are less active, and more docile during non daylight hours, which reduces the chances of being stung.
WASP FACT: only female wasps sting
What if I only Detect the Wasp Nest at its Peak?
Fear not! Whilst the above times are the easiest to handle your pest problem, professional pest control agencies will be able to come to your rescue at any time of year. At Avon Pest Control our qualified technicians have expert knowledge of wasps and wasp behaviour. We have personal protective equipment to ensure safe working and protection from stings. We are skilled in working in small, high locations, such as loft spaces, and have full access to a range of effective specialised products which we are professionally trained to use and are unavailable over the counter.
Are You Worried about Wasps?
Why not call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 for further information, or to discuss safe options for nest removal. Avon Pest Control; keeping you safer this summer.