WASPS & WASP NEST REMOVAL
Just as we welcome the onset of warmer weather, wasps (Vespula vulgaris) do too. A queen emerges from winter hibernation and works in alliance with a dominant queen to find a suitable nest site.
More often than not this will be sheds, lofts, holes in the ground and roof eaves. These queens manage the entire workings of the nest until the first brood of adult wasps has hatched and takes over the building work.
If a nest doesn’t need to be destroyed simply leave it. Whilst wasps do have a bothersome element it is worth considering that some wasps can be beneficial in the garden, pollinating to a degree but more significantly removing aphids and other destructive pests.
If left wasps will simply die off come the autumn and won’t re-visit an old nest site.
Wasp nest removal is a fairly simple process with the right equipment and PPE. It is important to bear in mind if you choose to tackle it yourself that more established nests can house up to 10,000 workers.
Wasps under stress emit a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive stinging frenzy. Stings at best are painful but sometimes fatal.
For peace of mind, call in a pest professional.