Wasps & Hornets are common place with many wasp nests removed in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford and throughout the surrounding area each summer. Wasps are a nuisance due to their desire to build nests close to human habitation. It is primarily the Common and German wasps that are more troublesome with their apparent aggressive behaviour and painful sting. Disconcertingly, at night they can be heard chewing roof timbers if in proximity to sleeping areas.
Hornets are less problematic and typically only become aggressive when trapped – this tends to be at night as they are attracted to light. It is generally their size and audible presence that cause more alarm although should you be unfortunate enough to suffer a sting the effect is extremely painful.
Spotting the difference between wasps and hornets. The common wasp on the left (above) with the (larger) hornet on the right.
Fundamentally terminating a wasp or hornets’ nest is not complicated due to the single treatment capabilities professional insecticides offer. Far harder is gaining satisfactory access to the nest to apply wet or dry powder insecticides. A number of consumer products are available for the DIY control of nests. We suggest strong caution if you wish to use these products for two reasons.
1 - Domestic DIY products contain pyrethrins/pyrethoids in lower concentrations which may not be fatal. This has the ability cause hyper-active response and create the opposite to the desired goal. Professional insecticides do not do this.
2 - When applying insecticides to a nest Wasps and Hornets may respond in significant numbers extremely aggravated. Even with the correct equipment multiple stings may occur. The safety considerations of this are self evident when 40ft up a ladder. A developed wasp nest may contain up to 5,000 wasps.
We have dealt with the aftermath of many failed DIY attempts that have included the use of highly flammable liquids, boiling water, glue, vanish, expanding foam and more. Save yourself your health and your time. DIY wasp control generally causes more problems than it resolves.
Of course we’ll advise against DIY treatments. We believe the marginal cost difference and benefits of using us far outweigh the risks. To ensure that cost does not force unnecessary risk taking our fee reflects the best value for money. We are the most competitive pest controllers in Newbury, Thatcham, Hungerford & the surrounding area.
When a Wasp or Hornets nest is terminated or removed by ourselves we will undertake a risk and hazards assessment on the nest and the use of any treatment we may undertake. For example insecticide dusts should not be used near aquatic life.
Termination of a nest will be completed with a Bendiocarb dust or liquid which is highly effective and rapid in its effect. Whilst an active response will be noted immediately after treatment the nest will be dormant within 24 hrs. All clients are provided with a safety data sheet on the insecticide used.