Frequently Asked Questions And Help With Wasps And Their Nests

How close should I get to a wasps nest?

Do not go towards nests, especially where you see activity of drones coming in and out. Keep a respectful distance and contact a professional for assistance.

Where am I likely to find a nest?

Areas in which we are getting nests reported include fascia boards, guttering and roofs. Anything from children’s playhouses, to birds’ nests to the trees in your garden, porches, above your porch and in sheds.

Wasps will find anywhere where there is some thermal and great nesting areas where they are likely to remain hidden from attack.

What should I do if I am stung?

If you are stung antihistamine tablets are a commonly used remedy but seek advice from the GP, NHS phone line or local chemist.

People concerned about anaphylactic shock often keep antihistamine tablets such as Piriton readily available in the home – however as with any medicines medical advice should be sought from a professional if you have any concerns and so you can be prepared if problems do arise.

How can I deter Wasps? How do we stop wasps from coming into our home or garden?

We sell wasps traps for home and garden use as well as for leisure and other premises, especially where food and drink is served and consumed outdoors.

How much does a wasp nest treatment cost?

We carry out treatments for between £55 – £65 depending on location. Weekend treatments are charged at between £85 – £125 depending on location. Whilst a technician is onsite they can place wasp traps (a very modern and more effective version of the old fashioned jam jar with jam in that used to act as a trap – of course technology, design and the application has moved on a little since then). We can fit these wasp traps in the garden for those that are concerned about more problems arising in the future.

When are wasps prevalent?

The wasp season doesn’t usually really get busy as far as treatments are concerned until late July and in August things are very busy.

Bees have been very active this year and we have been getting at least 10 call outs a day in the last 3 or 4 weeks. We normally get wasps after that, and we are probably coming to the end on the bees soon and the wasps will take over.

People often ask – can bees be re-housed?

wasp nest insideBees cannot often be rehoused if they are in your home and are causing you distress. This is mainly because if the nest is moved more than about four feet the workers will not find the ‘nest’ or hive. However, we work with beekeepers where possible. More information can be found on bee control here

Can wasps be re-housed or relocated?

As far as relocating wasps are concerned they are a different creature to bees – they will defend their nest if you go towards them and there is a real risk of being stung. A respectful distance before the technician comes out is advised.

In these instances wasps cannot be relocated and a treatment which kills the nest is the appropriate course of action.

How do I wasp proof my home?

As we have been asked on BBC Radio programmes in the past people, claim to hate wasps and ask what can be done to stop them. Unfortunately there are so many potential gaps and entry points in a home that it is not possible for you to completely wasp-proof your property. You can proof your home continuously but you are unlikely to fill every entry point or stop them from finding alternatives such as trees and outbuildings or sheds.

All we can recommend is that you call in the professionals who will be able to treat a nest properly. They wear all the protective gear including bee nets, proper inspection gloves (double insulated) and goggles. They also have the correct equipment to reach nests at height including extensions and lances and we can treat nests in areas you might think on first sight are too hard to reach.

Children and Wasps

Those concerned about anaphylactic shock risk and correct remedies for treating a sting should consult a doctor.

If you have a nest, close the windows on that side of the house.

What is the worst / biggest nest you have seen?

The largest nest I have had to deal with was probably the size of a small child curled up. This held anything from 3000 – 5000 wasps. We took this nest out.

How do you treat the nest?

We treat the nest with an insecticide and we use a ‘gas pot’ which propels an insecticidal dust into the nest area and void space where the nest would be. Workers then get dust particles on their body (on their thorax, abdomen, head or on their legs) and it is carried into the nest. They groom themselves like other creatures and as they do this they ingest the insecticide which kills them. So the method of kill acts individually – it is not a ‘gas filled area’ that is propelled in to attack all of the wasps ‘knocking them all out’.

How many times have you been stung?

There was one case where a wasp nest was in a shed. It was probably the same size as a football. I was taking the nest away, putting it in a bag. Unfortunately I didn’t realise somebody had put a hook to hang something on the shed. As I went to put the spade behind it I smacked into the hook, didn’t get a full sweep and the nest broke in half. I was stung at least 15 times.

When is the season and how long does it last?

Starts in July usually, and can go right through to November.

Size of nest?

Amount of wasps that can survive in a nest. Often up to 5000, can be up to 10000. Counting them is not entirely possible or completely accurate.

Why do they pick my home?

People ask is it because the sun is on my house – no, it is just unfortunate on your part to get a wasps nest. Although holes and entry points can be filled to an extent some people are just more fortunate than others in terms of where the nests are found.

Can I treat the nest myself?

You can try but it is not advisable and it can be so dangerous. If a wasp stings you and you do not have the correct protection and you suffer from anaphylactic shocks then your airways can be blocked by swelling with dangerous consequences.

Can I smoke the wasps out?

It is honey bees that are sometimes smoked out, not wasps. It is not done to get rid of them or prevent them from returning it is just done to calm the bees down. It is a calming device.

On one occasion people attempted to smoke out their own garden shed but actually set fire to it by accident. The shed was irreparably damaged but the wasp nest was still there. We were then called out to deal with the pest problem.

People have also tried to have a go themselves in garages with a fish net or even a net curtain over them – it really is not worth the risks. It is not recommend at all.

Why do we get wasps nests as a recurring problem?

There is a possibility that queen wasps will hatch out in late September, find a small nest to ‘over-winter’ in and essentially hibernate. These can then form the basis of a repeat problem next year.

Why should I choose AMES?

You can see some of the more detailed reasons to choose us by clicking here.

Our work is fully guaranteed and we have been treating nests for 15 years. We are fully accredited with Safe Contractor, Construction Online and are BPCA and NPTA Accredited.

As we are on the board with other pest control companies and sit in on the AGM of the BPCA we are instrumental in communicating within our profession and ensuring the needs of our customers are heard.