What to do if you have a Wasp Infestation

With the country experiencing such wonderful weather this summer, it is hardly surprising that we have noticed an increase in the amount of wasps that are about. Wasps can become a real problem if they have nested near your home or work place. It is crucial to deal with wasps nests quickly, as they can cause serious harm to those who suffer with a wasp sting allergy, and unlike bees, wasps can sting multiple times. Identifying whether you have a wasp infestation is the first step to dealing with these irritating pests.

The Signs of a Nest

Nests are most commonly found in sheltered areas of a building, such as lofts, cracks in a wall or even the trees that surround the premises. If you see a stream of wasps flying to and from a particular area then the chances are that there is a nest. It will need to be treated before causing harm and growing in size throughout the summer months.

Treating the Infestation

The largest nest can contain up to 30,000 wasps. If disturbed or threatened a wasp is very likely to sting multiple times. Therefore, it is important that a professional deals with the nest, as they can be quite dangerous to those who do not wear the right protective clothing or understand the habits of these aggressive pests.

Preventative Methods

There are a few things that you can do to help prevent nests from reoccurring the following year. Bear in mind that wasps build nests in places that are sheltered from rain and dampness, and attempt the following:

1. Seal any small holes where wasps can get into a wall or loft. You can also buy insect mesh to cover air bricks and soffits.

2. You can treat timber with a repellent mix such as ‘Culprinol’, or create your own with a mixture of eucalyptus oil, cintronella oil and menthol.

3. Inspect wasp prone areas regularly. Adding a light to previous nest spaces will discourage wasps from any future nest building, as wasps do not like direct light.

If you have a wasp infestation that requires treatment, call Axatax on 01908 618128. We will be happy to advise you on the best solution.

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