Dealing with a Wasp Nest at Home or Work
Even if you caulk every window and vigilantly check your home every day, you may not prevent a wasp invasion. In the winter, the nest dies off, leaving behind only the queen. After hibernating under bark or another snug setting, she emerges in the spring ready to start building a nest. Unfortunately, the nest may end up in your garden or the exterior of your home or business.
Types of wasps
Although there are 30,000 wasp species, the most common in the UK is the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) or the German wasp (Vespula germanica). Wasps keep the insect population down but can pose a danger if they build a nest too close to your home or business.
Where do wasps like to nest?
Wasps nest in out of the way places such as trees in your garden, cracks in the wall and under the eaves of your home. By late summer, a single nest can contain thousands of wasps.
How aggressive are wasps?
Aggravating a single wasp can bring the whole swarm down on your head. Not all wasp species sting, but those that do typically leave behind itchy painful welts. Some people have an allergic reaction to wasp stings. If you are allergic to wasp stings, take extra precaution. The venom of these insects has a pheromone that causes other wasps to act aggressively to defend the nest.
Remove the stinger as soon as possible with tweezers. In an emergency, you can scrape over the area with a credit card to remove the stinger. If you don’t know if you’re allergic, taking an antihistamine may decrease the severity of your reaction. Putting ice on the area reduces swelling and inflammation. If you have trouble breathing, call 999 to get help fast.
Getting rid of a wasp nest
Although wasps benefit the environment, letting them invade your property is bad for business and poses a safety risk for people and pets in your home. You could buy a wasp killer or use a method you find online. However, it’s not really a good idea to aggravate a nest of aggressive wasps. Instead, call in the professionals at Sykes Pest Control.
After you get rid of a wasp nest, it’s not likely that you’ll get them again in the same place. First, getting rid of the nest removes any remaining wasps living there. Second, other wasps will likely choose a new location, hopefully nowhere near your home or business.