PestWatch July – Wasps

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WELCOME TO JULY… How did that happen?!

As doors start to open and lockdown is easing, we will all be venturing out further afield so what should we be looking out for in the world of PESTS? It can only be wasps nests! Yes, the yellow and black flying assassins that seem to appear from nowhere every time you sit down to enjoy time in the garden.

July is the month for Wasps and they have a sting in their tail!

We started to get calls for wasps towards the end of last month including one from a DIY pest controller that thought to block the wasp’s entry and exit hole up was the way to go, this, of course, is not the case and could have caused the wasps to chew through the plasterboard and into what would have been the bedroom, that would have not been a nice wake-up call.

Luckily Area Pest Control was on site within 2 hours of the call to help the homeowner, Wasps are not a pest you want to upset and one best left to the professionals.

How to prevent wasps

6 ways to prevent Wasps:

  1. Put up a trap – Wasp traps correctly placed can be very effective in keeping wasps at bay
  2. Light a candle – to keep wasps and many other insects away use citronella candles when eating outside.
  3. Install – Insect mesh over any air bricks and vents to prevent wasps from entering
  4. Plant Herbs – Wasps do not like aromatic scents; specifically from mint, thyme, and eucalyptus. Planting herbs outside can help to repel pest wasps.
  5. Check for Nests – in your home, garage and sheds in early spring for nests, early on they will be the size of a golf ball – early small nests have fewer wasps and are easier to treat quickly.
  6. Stop the Queen – building a nest next year by looking for golf ball size winter overstays in the loft towards the end of October, having these removed will prevent a nest being built in the following spring.

Wasp Facts:

Wasps are sociable insects (just not to humans), living in colonies of up to 10,000 workers. They build their paper nests in sheds, lofts, garages, disused animal burrows and just about anywhere in between.

Fact File:

  1. When a wasp stings or is killed the ‘smell’ of its venom causes other wasps to become more aggressive and home in on the area.
  2. To make a nest, wasps chew wood from fences and sheds this is chewed into a paste-like pulp mixed with their saliva. The pulp is then formed into hexagon-shaped paper cells, the Queen will then lay an egg into each cell.
  3. Wasp nests can hold up to 10 thousand individuals at the peak of summer, however, nests of such size are uncommon.
    The average nest holds between 3000 – 6000
  4. A female wasp can sting several times unlike a bee which can only sting once

What happened in June?

Ants and Pigeons were the stars of the show last month, with pigeons continuing to be a problem into this month mainly under Solar Panels.

How many can you see on this roof? We counted 24!

If you have any pest problems and need our help then we can help even during the lockdown as we are now officially a key service

Stay Safe
Dan – The Pest Man

Contact Area Pest Control today for advice, service and a solution to your pest problem.

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Treatment response times can vary depending on the pest, this can often be the same day, whatever the pest problem we are here and ready to help. Call us now.

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Our pest control technician will first survey your premises in an attempt to ascertain pest entry points and the best location to start the treatment,

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On completion of the visit, the technician will advise you on preventative measures and recommend proofing works to help prevent a recurrence where possible.

What pests do you treat?

We treat a wide variety of pests from rodents to insects to birds, the more common pests we incur daily are Rats, Mice, Pigeons, Bed bugs and Cockroaches.

Seasonal pests include Squirrels, Glis glis (Edible dormouse) Starlings, Wasps, Cluster Flies, Moths, Spiders, Carpet beetle, Ants and Fleas, this is not an exhaustive list so please call to discuss any pest concerns you have.

We also have a specialist pest control team for removing pests from under solar panels and prevent them from re-entering.

This includes removing Birds, Pigeons, Jackdaws and Squirrels that are nesting under solar panels.

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 The costs vary from pest to pest and location, to give some examples:

Wasp treatments from *£49.99

Rat and Mouse treatments from *£50.00

Ant treatment from *£60.00

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