Wasp Control: How to Get Rid of Wasps
Wasps can be a problem towards the end of summer when their nests are at their largest and they become particularly aggressive. Wasps can attack in large numbers when they feel disturbed or threatened and are able to sting repeatedly – this is particularly dangerous for those allergic to their venom. Here are some tips on how to deal with a wasp problem in your home or garden.
Wasp Nest Removal
Wasps can be a problem towards the end of summer when their nests are at their largest and they become particularly aggressive. Wasps can attack in large numbers when they feel disturbed or threatened and are able to sting repeatedly – this is particularly dangerous for those allergic to their venom. In such instances it is recommended that you get rid of a wasps nest.
Here are some wasp nest removal tips and information about how to get rid of them from your home or garden.
How to Get Rid of Wasp Nests
The short answer – call in a specialist wasp exterminator!
Do not underestimate the importance of and skill required in getting rid of wasp nests. Worker wasps, which leave the nest for long periods of time to forage, are typically between 10-15mm long while a queen is larger, at around 20mm. Queens hibernate over winter but then venture out to make nests out of scrapings of wood and saliva in which to lay eggs – at their largest one nest can produce around 30,000 wasps!
Typical locations for wasp nests include roof spaces, lofts, sheds, wall cavities, trees, bird boxes, garages and holes in the ground. Once you notice that you need to get rid of wasps urgently, you can benefit from:
Expert advice that will safely remove the wasp threat from that location
Minimising the chance of you and your family from getting stung by a wasp
Professionals who know how to get rid of a wasps nest at reasonable rates.
How Wasp Exterminator Services Work
Upon locating a wasp nest, some people do attempt to remove it themselves using a domestic spray or powder. Dealing with wasps’ nests yourself can be extremely dangerous, only attempt this if the nest is small and not in an awkward position – never try to get rid of a nest you have to access via a ladder and definitely never try this if you are allergic to wasp venom.
It is always safer to get a pest control professional for wasp nest removal; they will have the protective clothing and expertise to deal with nests and will know which insecticides to use. During a summer a wasp nest can grow rapidly and a mature wasp colony in a loft, for example, may contain as many as 6,000 individual wasps. A wasp nest of this size requires professional treatment, carried out by a qualified pest control technician.
Such a technician is the best person as they are likely to wear the correct protective clothing and eye wear, apply a strong, suitable insecticide and securely remove the nest from the property.
Wasp Nest Removal Cost
The cost of getting a wasp nest professionally removed will vary depending on where you live, who you hire, how big the nest is and where it’s located. Prices for wasp removal will also depend on whether you hire a private pest control service or use a local council service:
Private wasp control costs around £55 to treat one nest and around £15 for subsequent nests
Council wasp nest removal costs around £30 to £50, depending on where you live. The council will often subsidise wasp removal costs for those on benefits or those who live in council homes, sometimes up to 50%
Maintenance – How to Get Rid of Wasps Naturally
During summer you may get the odd wasp in your home looking for sweet foods, in which case there are some simple ways to get rid of them:
Keep your windows and doors closed – this can be difficult in the height of summer, so consider installing window screens
Trap and bait wasps – fill a jam jar or half a plastic bottle with some bait; jam and water works well. Place some paper over the top with small holes in for the wasps to enter; once they’re in they’ll get trapped in the bait and drown
Use a spray – individual wasps can be killed with a wasp spray
Keep your bins covered – so that you don’t attract wasps, the same goes for covering food and drinks
Look after fruit trees – if you have fruit trees in your garden, make sure that you pick ripe fruit regularly and clear up any windfalls.
Quotes for Wasp Nest Removal
Always get at least 3 quotes for your wasp control work. Use ServiceMagic to obtain the services of a pest control company which is qualified, insured and can provide good references.