Wasp Nest Removal – is it necessary?

Wasp Nest Removal - is it neccessary?

Wasp nest removal - Bentley Environmental - Pest Control
Wasp Nest Removal - Bentley Environmental - Pest Control

Often once we have carried out a wasp nest treatment, we will be asked by the customer if they need to have the wasp nest removed.

Removal of a nest is dependant on treatment and where the nest is situated.
If it’s in a cavity wall then we’re obviously not going to be able to remove it.
In a loft space, in an outbuilding or in a hedge, then yes, we can remove the nest.

We always state that it’s essentially down to the customers choice and we always back that up with some additional information on what happens to a wasp nest after treatment…

We’ve added some of the frequently asked questions we receive below.

Let's go over some wasp nest myths

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

No. This is not true!

Although Wasps are meant to be territorial, we will often treat nests that are situated pretty much on top of each other, or at the very least an inch apart.

Nope. We can usually treat a nest successfully so that the wasps die off within the nest or abandon the nest after a few hours.

We also find removing the nest upon treatment can encourage returning foraging wasps to linger around the nest site, as they try to locate the now removed nest.

Although it may be a sensible choice to remove a wasp nest at night, due to the majority being in the nest at this time. You can treat and remove a nest morning or afternoon if you need to.

This is not true. Wasps will never reuse an old nest!

Each year in the spring, a queen wasp will construct the very first cells and then the nest will start to develop from there.

Useful Wasp Info

Useful Wasp Info

With wasp season getting into swing we thought we would offer a few bits of useful information on the pest with a painful rep!

wasp close up - wasp nest treatments

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!

You can head over to our contact page if you’d like to speak with us or book a visit with a qualified wasp specialist.

Rat Flaps, Stop Rat Packs.

Rat Flaps, Stop Rat Packs

Rat Flap Drain Blocker - Pest Control - Bentley Environmental

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 bentley.env@gmail.com or visit our contact page

Rat Flap Stop Rats - Pest Control - Bentley Environmental