It can be quite worrying to find a wasps’ nest in or around your home. You are less likely to be stung if you leave the nest alone. However, it’s best to deploy a professional for wasps’ nest removal, especially if it is large or if you have a sensitivity to stings
If you notice a high number of wasps in or around your home, then it is likely that there is a nest nearby. Wasps can often be seen coming and going through cracks in brickwork or gaps under eaves. Wasps like to make their nests in sheltered spots that have easy access to the outside. You may find a nest in a loft or roof space, under eaves or in sheds and garages – sometimes even in the gaps in cavity walls.
Wasps make their nests from a mixture of chewed wood pulp and saliva. The nests are quite easy to identify as they are spherical, and their papery walls are greyish brown. Wasps’ nests start off about the size of a golf ball but can grow to the size of a football.
If you suspect you have a wasp’s nest, then close all windows and doors, keep children away from the nest, and avoid disturbing it.
The easiest way to tell the difference between wasps and bees is that bees tend to be covered with hair while wasps have a smooth body and legs and are bright yellow in colour.
Queen wasps hibernate over winter and then emerge and build a nest in spring. Wasps’ nests are quite small at first, however, the longer you leave them the larger they will become and the more wasps they will house. If you do find a wasp’s nest, then deal with it as soon as possible otherwise the issue will just get worse.
Removing a wasp’s nest can be dangerous. By late summer, the nest may contain thousands of wasps. If you are stung by a wasp, a pheromone in the venom will alert the colony that there is a threat. It will also cause them to become more aggressive as they defend their nest and young.
While one wasp sting is a painful inconvenience, if you are attacked by a swarm, it can be much more serious – even potentially life-threatening. So, generally, you should have a professional remove a wasp’s nest.
If the nest is very small and in an easily accessible outside area such as a shed, you may be able to safely use DIY products. However, you will need to be extremely cautious and wear protective clothing, goggles, gloves and a dust mask. You should not attempt to remove a large nest yourself or remove any nest if you are sensitive to wasp stings.
Wasp removal companies train their staff in the safe and effective removal of wasps’ nests. This means the nest will be safely eradicated with no danger to your family or neighbours. Most importantly, the wasps won’t return to that location and your problem will be solved permanently.
Many wasps’ nests are in difficult to reach places such as in wall cavities. They are also often in roof spaces, so it is essential to remove them safely to avoid your home being overrun by angry wasps.
Wasps will often nest in the same location, though they will make a new nest each year. It’s a good idea to check for wasps’ nests in spring so they can be removed while they are relatively small and easy to deal with.
If you are unlucky enough to get stung by a wasp you should:
If the person who has been stung is allergic to wasps, has a severe reaction, or has received multiple stings, you should lay them on their side and ensure their airways are open, then call 999 for an ambulance. You should then use any medication that has been prescribed for them such as an EpiPen.
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