Using wasp pots or wasp traps can be an effective way to control problem wasps in the summer time.
Whether you’re trying to enjoy spending some relaxing time in the garden with food or drink in hand or perhaps in a pub garden enjoying the local beer options. It’s never long until the relentless pesky wasp turns up to ruin your fun.
Installing wasp traps isn’t as easy as placing some coca-cola or fruit juice in a pot or jar and miraculously trapping every wasp in a 2 mile radius!
There is some science to working with wasp traps. Things like wind direction, colour of the trap, how much sunlight is on them and what type of bait/lure is used all play a part of how effective wasp traps can be.
If you don’t get these factors right, they can end up rendering the traps useless and the wasps will continue to visit the source that’s attracted them and ignore the traps.
Now we can’t go revealing all our trade secrets for you on catching wasps! So feel free to get in touch and book a visit or a treatment and we can get started on helping alleviate those irritating wasps around your home or business.
With wasp season getting into swing we thought we would offer a few bits of useful information on the pest with a painful rep!
Wasps don't swarm
We often receive call outs for reports of wasps all over a building or in a garden and a quite often we turn up to find a swarm of honey bees have stopped to rest.
Understandably if you have no clue what they are or what they’re doing and not everyone knows the difference between wasps and bees, you’re going to panic a little.
Bee’s tend to swarm when they’re looking for a new site, the queen will be in the centre of the swarm being protected. It’s always best to steer clear of them bees. They usually move off within a few hours or a couple of days once the scout bees find a suitable new site, or the queen decides she wants to move on.
Or you can contact a local bee keeper to come and collect the bee swarm. They will usually get out to you as quickly as possible and take the bees back to they’re own hives and let them start a new colony.
The venom in wasp stings contains a pheromone that causes other wasps nearby to become more aggressive
So if you do attempt to treat a wasp nest yourself then always remember if you are going to get stung you run the risk of doing so more than once!
The pain from a wasp sting can last up to 24 hours. Depending where you get stung can also have an impact on your reaction to the sting. Head, neck and shoulders are usually the worst places to get stung, as reactions from stings in these areas can often be worse.
However if you suffer from Anaphylaxis then you may require some kind of medical assistance straight away or may even need to use an Epipen (which hopefully you already posses).
This is why we would always advise you to call a professional or wasp specialist like ourselves to deal with your wasp infestation and avoid these situations.
There are some home remedies that have been know to help with wasp stings
If you are unlucky enough to be on the receiving end of a wasp sting then you should apply a cold compress to the area quickly, keep it there for 5 – 10 minuets.
Vinegar or apple cider vinegar have been reported to combat or neutralise a wasp sting thanks to the acidity in vinegar.
Any deodorant containing aluminium has also been said to help with a wasp sting.
After pain has subsided apply honey to the sting area, this should help to heal the wound and prevent the sting from itching.
If you’ve heard of any other remedies that are great for wasp stings or if you’ve found you own helpful methods of keeping wasps at bay, drop us a comment!
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Once again the wasp season has begun, with our phone lines slowly starting to heat up with customers requesting visits from us to remove the troublesome pests!
How do you identify whether you have a wasp nest?
Well unless you can visually see the paper like nest that most wasp species build then you need to look for an entry point and the usual build up of wasp activity as they gather around the nest area. Check along gutter lines and look across you roofline. Air vents and under cladding are also common spots.
At the start of the season you may notice only several wasps entering and exiting over a few minuets. By mid to late season you will see high numbers flying around the entry point.
Wasps also become aggressive later in the season, so take care not to get too close to a wasp nest or you may find yourself getting stung!
Wasps also become more aggressive later in the season, so take care not to get too close to a wasp nest or you may find yourself getting stung! And remember an individual wasp can sting repeatedly, unlike honey bees who can only sting once.
If you discover you have a wasps nest or multiple nests that require a treatment, feel free to get in contact with us and book a visit with a qualified and insured wasp specialist.
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We have recently completed a job for a tricky rodent clearance, whereby we were required to install a rat drain blocker. It’s a one way non- return flap, which is installed into the furthest drain outlet on your site perimeter to stop rats from entering your property through the drain systems.
The rat flap idea was first thought up by a Danish company. In Denmark, local councils are required by law to fit these units as standard into all new build housing.
They are a great way of containing rodent infestations into an area where you can control them by sewer baiting. A safe and secure way of dealing with a rat population.
So why haven’t we caught on to this idea in the UK yet!?
A recent report by a large London based pest control company, has seen a dramatic increase of rodent infestations gaining access to properties via the drain systems over the last 10 years.
This has lead to a large percentage of their current work (around 70%) being solely rat flap installation. It is fast becoming a popular fix or even a requirement throughout the industry, especially in urban areas.
At Bentley Environmental we are slightly more rural based, so we haven’t had a huge demand for these units yet!
But that’s mainly because a lot of the properties we look after have their own sewage system in place, also known as cesspits. So unless rats dig into the drain pipes, the rat flaps aren’t required.
All pest technicians should carry out checks to the drain systems when carrying out a site survey for rodents. Sometimes we are called in after another company have failed to remove a rodent problem and the customer asks why we’re checking the drains…
If you’re experiencing problems with rodents or would like to just be proactive and have peace of mind that your drains are secure. Please reach out to us and book a site visit or for more information on rat drain flaps at email@example.com or visit our contact page