Wasps' Nest Removals Bee & Wasp Control
If you have a problem with bees, hornets, wasps or any other pest at your property, Sykes Pest Control can resolve it discreetly in our unmarked vehicles.
Wasps are common throughout the UK
There are 20,000 species of wasps in the world, but in the UK we primarily have two, the German Wasp and the Common Wasp. They are social insects that form colonies inside nests specially constructed in soil, bark, roof spaces and in cavities in trees and walls. Each colony has its own queen, she is larger than the workers and starts a new nest each year. The fertilized queen emerges from her hibernation around mid-April and begins her search for a suitable site to build her nest. Once a site is located she searches for sources of wood fibre, such as trees, logs, fences and even cardboard. With her strong jaws she scrapes off bits of wood fibre, uses the saliva in her mouth to break it down until they form a soft paper pulp and begins to build her nest. The first to be born will be sterile females who will be the workers. The queen rears the first brood of worker wasps herself and once hatched these workers will carry on the building of the nest. They then too gather wood fibres and soften it by chewing and mixing with saliva. The paper is then used to make cells for brood rearing. The queen is the only wasp able to lay eggs and remains in the nest laying more eggs for further broods. By late summer the wasp nest can contain in excess of 10,000 wasps!
Only the female wasps can sting,
males do not have the egg laying organ that is modified into a stinger
To the naked eye it is almost impossible to distinguish between male and female wasps, therefore caution should be taken with all wasps. Contrary to popular belief, a wasp can sting multiple times over as their stinger is unable to fall off. When a wasp stings, it simultaneously emits a chemical that signals the rest of the colony to attack. If a nest is disturbed wasps can and will attack in large numbers and wasp nest removal can be very dangerous. Wasps are at their most aggressive between August and October. By late summer a wasp’s work is done and they begin to search out sweet foods, often over indulging on ripe fruit which then ferments inside them, leaving the wasp with a hangover and bad attitude! As winter approaches wasp colonies die off almost completely some of the remaining fertilised female wasps leave the nest to search out a place to hibernate for the winter, these will become next year’s queens and the cycle begins all over again the following spring.
It is highly recommended that you do not approach a wasp nest and wasp nest removal is provided by a professional pest control company. Here at Sykes Pest Control our wasp technicians are fully trained in wasp nest removal, have the correct safety equipment and access to insecticides that are not available to the general public.
There are around 250 different species of bees throughout the UK
There are 24 species of bumble bees, around 225 species of solitary bee and just a single species of honey bee. As the name suggests social bees live in groups, honey bees are particularly sociable and can live in colonies of up to 50,000 in a single hive. Solitary bees live alone they nest in burrows under the ground, in old wood and in masonry. It often appears that they may live in colonies, but this is due to many bees making their nests close to each other in a suitable piece of habitat bees can and will sting, using its stinger if they feel that they or their nest is being threatened. Bee stings can be very painful and life threatening to those that are allergic to the venom and it is advised that bee control is only carried out by a professional pest control company.
Bumble Bees are a social insect that live in colonies
Fertile female Bumble Bees hibernate underground or in a sheltered place during the winter months. When spring arrives, the Bumble Bee queens emerge and select suitable nesting sites and lay their eggs. Bumble Bees only make a small colony of around 100 bees and do not make a comb filled with honey Contrary to popular belief queen and worker bees can and will sting if they feel that they or their colony is being threatened.
It is highly recommend that you do not approach a bees’ nest and that bee removal is carried out by a professional pest control company. Here at Sykes Pest Control our bee removal technicians are fully trained, have the correct safety equipment and access to insecticides that are not available to the general public.
In the majority of bee swarm cases we are able to relocate the swarm. Bees are in decline due to a number of reasons and whenever they can be saved, we should make every effort to do so.
However, if a swarm have resided within a cavity wall or other difficult location whereby the queen cannot be located and retrieved, unfortunately the only course of action is to destroy the colony.
Every situation is different, talk to one of our professional team as we prefer to try every option to relocate where possible.
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