Wasp Traps

Wasp Traps - Control Problem Wasps

Suspended Wasp Trap

Do Wasp traps actually work?

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. 

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.

Getting hot treating wasps

Getting hot treating wasps!

The wasps haven’t been bothered by this heat wave we have in the south of England.

It is a tad unpleasant for us pest controllers when we’re in full gear for a wasp nest treatment though! But I’d rather be safe than stung!

We’re also happy to be busy and seeing new and old customers each day. Driving around the country lanes through Hampshire and Wiltshire in the summertime isn’t too much of a burden either!

wasp nest treatment by Bentley Environmental

Here’s another picture taken from a wasp nest treatment at one of our happy customers today.

The wasp nests are growing in size quickly and we have definitely seen a rise in activity this year compared to the last few years.

If we can be of any help with a wasp nest problem, then please do get in touch. We’re always happy to help.