Wasp Nest Removal Clitheroe and Ribble Valley
Wasp Nest Removal
Annoying wasps are the scourge of any BBQ or outside activity, landing on food, buzzing around drinks and generally making a right pest of themselves.
With the warmer spring weather arriving the queen wasp emerges from her hibernation and starts looking for a suitable spot for her wasp nest.
Unfortunately, the ideal spot for a wasp nest is often in man-made structures such as sheds, garages, wall cavities, under eaves and roof spaces.
It’s important that you get some professional help to remove the wasp nest before the nest gets established throughout the summer where the number of wasps will significantly increase and their behaviour gets more aggressive.
If you live in Clitheroe or Ribble Valley and have a wasp nest that needs professional treatment Contact us now or call us on 07443 052851 and our experienced friendly team will offer advice and provide an effective solution.
It is worth bearing in mind that with the current coronavirus lockdown regulations in place there will be significantly fewer external food sources for wasps.
Pub beer gardens, restaurants outside spaces, picnics, park waste bins and commercial waste bins have historically provided rich feeding grounds for wasps and will all be empty this summer but wasps and their young will still need to feed.
With many more people spending much more time at home, in their gardens and having more BBQ’s this has all the makings of a perfect storm for a summer of many more wasps becoming a bigger garden pest than ever before – early detection and removal of a wasp nest is more essential than ever before.
Wasp Nest Removal Treatment
Our standard treatments are done using professional insecticidal dust directly into the nest by puncturing the paper nest with a nest spike and a high powered duster. This method is also used on entrances into the nest where we can’t puncture the nest directly.
With the extension lances we can perform these jobs without the use of ladder up to around 6 – 8 meters.
Non-standard treatments may require the use of non-toxic methods if we are in a sensitive site where insecticides cannot be applied.
Non-standard treatments may also include spraying or fogging with insecticides where the nest cannot be reached safely or without further work being carried out to access the nest.
How To Identify A Wasps Nest
Once a queen wasp has identified a suitable spot for her nest she will chew wood mixed with saliva to create a pulp which is moulded to an outer shell containing many internal chambers.
The wasp nest will start about the size of a golf ball and at peak activity grow to the size of a large football containing between 3000 to 8000 wasps in a typical year.
If you identify a wasp nest its essential that you get your wasp nest removed by a professional pest control company as soon as possible. Once worker wasps become established and start foraging the queen will become a full-time egg producer laying 200 to 300 eggs per day.
Once a wasp nest becomes established there will be much more activity with workers coming in and out and if any of those workers feel threatened they can release a pheromone which acts as a distress call for other wasps in the nest.
A rather obvious telltale clue that you have a wasp nest nearby is a high number of wasps in a particular area, if you observe them (from a safe distance!) you should be able to identify them coming and going from a similar location.
Another thing to look out for is white tram lines on wooden furniture, this is a result of wasps stripping the wood from garden chairs, tables, fencing and sheds to use as the construction material for their ever-growing nest.
How To Prevent A Wasps Nest
As with all things prevention is better than the cure.
Whilst it’s not possible to entirely guarantee against a queen wasp choosing your property or garden as the site for her wasp nest there are some steps you can take to make your home less attractive for both a nest and also worker wasps foraging for food.
Maintain Your Property: If a queen wasp can’t get in she can’t build a nest. Look out for cracks and gaps, seal up any opening and use insect mesh to cover air bricks and cable entry points.
Cut Off Food Supply: Wasps are attracted to bins and open food. Keep bins closed and if possible sealed. Avoid leaving sugary drinks or food left out in the open. Wipe up any spillages of sugary drinks from garden tables and furniture. If you have fruit trees or bushes don’t leave fallen fruit rotting on the ground.
Wasp Traps: Put a few wasp traps at the end of the garden. Wasp traps make it easy for a wasp to get in but difficult to get out again. Add a sugary bait to make it even more attractive to wasps.