If you are experiencing a high volume of wasps in and around your house it is very likely that there is a nest near you.
The two most common types of wasps found in the UK are the common wasp and German wasp.
What type of wasp nest?
Although the two species of wasp look very similar, there are differences in their nest making.
The common wasps build their grey paper nests in structures that are capable of supporting it, i.e. in eves, holes in big trees or inside sheds. They are also able to live in a variety of environmental conditions, which means they are found pretty much anywhere in the UK.
However, common wasps do not usually survive the winter, unlike their German cousins. This is because the common wasps food source is usually weather dependant – fruit etc.
The optimum temperature for a wasp nest is 32 degrees. The size of the wasp nest indicates the surrounding temperature. If the nest is big, then that indicates that the surrounding temperature is much cooler than 32 degrees – usually seen outside or in lofts.
Dealing with a wasp nest
Due to a wasp’s defensive nature we always recommend that you do not deal with a wasp nest yourself and instead call a professional pest technician. This is especially true if the nest is located in a difficult to reach place, as this poses an increased risk in property damage or personal injury.
In the height of summer a wasp nest can contain thousands of mature wasps and they can quickly become aggressive if threatened or provoked. Again, another reason to call a professional, especially if you have children and pets!
To locate the nest watch the flight path of returning wasps. If they are flying back near your house we recommend keeping windows and doors closed until a technician has dealt with the nest.
Treatments we use
All treatments that we use are safe for humans and pets.
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