Wasp Nest Removal – Top 10 Questions
During the summer months, Ultimate Pest Control receives so many wasp nest removal and wasps pest control enquiries. All of our customers tend to ask the same questions. How can I get rid of wasps? How soon can we provide wasp removal in Dublin? Wasps or bees? Just to name a few. So, we have put together a list of the most frequently asked questions.
1. Is there a Wasps Nest in my House?
This is not a question we can answer definitively. A technician would need to perform an inspection. However, if there are a large number of wasps around your property, chances are there is a nest nearby. Wasps usually build nests in sheltered spots. Preferred locations include sheds, garages or overgrown areas in gardens. As well as, in attics, under eaves and in wall cavities. If a nest is in the latter locations, chances are you would hear the buzzing.
2. What Size Can a Wasps Nest Grow To?
In early spring a wasp nest starts off small. Roughly the size of a golf ball. Just big enough for the queen to lay her first batch of eggs. As the summer progresses, and the colony grows, so does the size of the nest. By August, nests have grown to the size of a football. In some cases, they can be even larger. The average mature nest contains roughly 2,000 wasps.
3. Can I Get Rid of a Wasps Nest Myself?
Treating a wasps nest can be extremely dangerous. So, it should be done by a trained professional. A professional pest control technician has the knowledge and skills to effectively treat a wasps nest. They know how to treat a nest, without disturbing it. Therefore, the wasps will not attack. However, in the event of an attack, a professional pest control technician is equipped with the correct PPE to keep them safe.
Only attempt a DIY wasp nest removal under the following conditions:
- Ensure nobody with a wasp sting allergy is present
- Only treat if the nest is smaller than a tennis ball
- How much wasps activity is surrounding the nest? Only treat if activity is minimal
- If the nest is easily accessible and doesn’t require a ladder
- PPE is worn.
4. How can I Remove a Small Golf Ball Sized Wasp Nest Myself?
As a rule, we do not advise a non-professional to treat a wasp nest. As they do not have the skills, or PPE required. So they could end up seriously injured. However, a wasps nest as small as a golf ball can be removed, if done properly. Firstly, spray the nest with wasp killer spray. This will kill the queen. Which is the only inhabitant if the nest is a golf ball sized. Secondly, wait a few hours to allow the spray to work. And finally, remove and dispose of the nest.
5. Do I have to Get Rid of a Wasps Nest?
It is advisable to get rid of a wasps nest if is located inside your property. Or if it is located in a high traffic area of your garden. However, if it is out of the way, it can be left alone. Once there is no chance of any human or pet interference. Wasps are actually beneficial for your garden. As they are pollinators.
It is important to note that by late summer wasps become highly aggressive. And they tend to approach houses more in search of food. If you decide to leave a wasps nest untreated, by late summer there could be thousands of wasps on your property.
6. What is Ultimate’s Wasp Nest Pest Control Solution?
Ultimate Pest Control provides an industry-leading wasp nest removal solution. Firstly, our technician conducts an inspection to determine the location of the nest. Secondly, species identification. Before treating a nest, it is essential to know what nest you are treating. As it could be a wasps nest, a bees nest, or even a hornet’s nest. Following nest locating and species identification, treatment can begin. The infesting species and the nest location determines the treatment solution. Wasps nests require a cloud of treatment dust sprayed directly into the nest. It can take anything from an hour to a day for the treatment to take full effect. Depending on the size of the nest. Once eradication is complete, the nest can be removed and disposed of.
7. How Soon Can We Provide Wasp Removal in Dublin?
We provide same-day wasp removal in Dublin. Additionally, we provide same day wasp nest removal in Kildare.
8. How Soon Can We Provide Nest Removal in Leinster?
We have technicians based all across Leinster. So, we always try our best to facilitate same day wasp nest removal in Leinster. Although, it is not always possible. However, we always complete callouts within 24 hours. So you will never be waiting long for us.
9. What is the difference between bees and wasps?
Wasps are commonly mistaken for honeybees. To the untrained eye, they do look similar. However, if you look closely, there are some distinguishable features. Wasps are always yellow and black. While bees vary in colour from golden brown to almost black. Additionally, bees have more fur than wasps.
Both bees and wasps sting when threatened. Stings tend to cause pain and swelling. And both stings can be fatal if the recipient is allergic. However, bees can only sting once. While wasps will sting repeatedly.
10. Can Pest Control Get Rid of Bees?
Bees are an endangered species. Which is worrying because they are vital pollinators. They help flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables to grow. In Ireland, removing bees is illegal. Unless they pose a serious threat to people. Ultimate Pest Control will only treat a bees nest as a last resort. When dealing with bees, we firstly contact a beekeeper. A beekeeper determines if relocation is possible. Treatment will only be considered, following a beekeepers recommendation.
So there you have it. The top 10 questions, we get asked about wasps treatments. If your questions didn’t make our list, or if you would like to book a wasp nest inspection, feel free to get in touch!