Wasp & Wasp Nest Removal/Pest Control
– Scientific Name: Vespula vulgaris
Wasps and nest Control in Leek and surrounding Staffordshire, Derbyshire & Cheshire area is now becoming a more common occurrence. Having a wasp nest removed should never be done other than a professional.
Being stung by a common or social wasp (also known as a yellow jacket) is a painful experience and can be life threatening to those who are allergic to stings and may suffer anaphylactic shock. However, it is possible to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasp nests are properly treated or removed. If you have been stung by a wasp, please seek medical advice.
Characteristic & Life Cycle
The bright yellow and black striping of wasps is a warning pattern that has been mimicked by many insects to take advantage of the deterrent effect of appearing wasp like. These harmless mimics include hover-flies, day moths (such as the Ash Borer) and beetles that visit flowers to feed on pollen and nectar.
The wasps most often encountered in the UK are the Common or Social Wasp and the German Wasp. As well as distinctive black and yellow stripes, wasps have two pairs of wings (the hind wings being smaller than the fore wings) and tend to be less hairy than bees. Their eyes are kidney shaped and their bodies are more pointed than bees, with a noticeable waist. Only female wasps have the long distinctive stinger, which they can use repeatedly unlike bees.
Control & Prevention
At Town and Country Pest control we can identify and eradicate a wasp nest quickly with minimum fuss. To locate the wasp nest, watch the flight path of the returning wasps. If the wasp nest is near your home, keep nearby doors and windows closed. If you suspect the nest is in the loft, take great care when entering the roof space as the wasps may see this as an aggressive threat to their nest.
Do not attempt DIY wasp nest treatment, leave this to professionally trained pest exterminator. This will usually be done by spraying an insecticide powder in or around the entrance of the nest. This powder will then be taken into the nest by wasps returning and entering the nest.
To prevent a wasp nest from ever entering home, look for small holes, crevices and cracks that has a hidden void behind it, the void is the likely place where a Wasp nest is likely to be established. These holes, cracks or crevices need to be filled or repaired.