Wasps present a genuine health and safety problem in areas visited by members of the public, such as shopping centres, parks, and recreational areas.
They are also a real threat to any business that stores, prepares, and serves food. Whilst wasps usually eat insects, they feed on dustbin waste and animal carcasses. For a restaurant owner, they can be an absolute nightmare in turning away potential customers before they have even reached the door.
Wasps are a real nuisance to humans, especially in the late summer. The cooler weather makes them more likely to sting, and unlike a bee, a wasp can sting many times. The sting can be excruciating and, in extreme cases, can even cause an anaphylactic shock.
If you have a wasp infestation in London, contact Dyno-Pest today and see how our wasp control service can help.
DIY treatments are rarely effective and possibly hazardous. Call in the professionals. In our experience, a combination of treatments will be needed to effectively deal with your wasp problem including professional-grade residual insecticides and baiting systems (as well as safely removing and destroying the wasps’ nest). It may also be necessary to install discreet electronic fly killers as part of your ongoing preventative regime.
Many people confuse wasps with bees, particularly honey bees, which do have a somewhat similar appearance and are around the same size. The Common wasp is the one most usually found in the UK and it always has bright yellow and black stripes. The honey bees’ stripes are more subtle – a kind of black and dark brown or black and golden brown colour. Honey bees are usually hairier than wasps too. Bumblebees are less often confused with wasps as their bodies are rounder and much furrier.
Wasps and bees can also be differentiated by their nests. Wasps build paper nests either underground or in cavities in trees, walls, and buildings and their nests are usually spherical and ranging in size from that of an orange to a large beach ball. Bees build their nests out of wax cells that they stack on top of one another. Honeybee nests tend to be larger than those of wasps. Bumblebees nest underground or in compost heaps or piles of leaves and similar.
The thing to remember about wasps is that they’ll only sting if they feel threatened, so it’s best to leave them alone and resist the urge to wave your arms around and shoo them away. This can aggravate them and if they sting or are killed, they release a pheromone that lets the rest of the nest know it’s under threat and instead of just one wasp, you could have hundreds of aggressive wasps around. Unlike bees, wasps can sting several times. Different people will react in different ways to the sting, from almost no effect at all to severe allergic reactions. Most will suffer pain and swelling to various extents. Stings are best treated with ice packs and antihistamine creams, though those suffering extreme reactions or with stings close to the face and neck should seek urgent medical attention.
Whilst it is impossible to guarantee that wasps will never infest your premises again, Dyno-Pest’s ‘Power of 3’ protection programme can greatly reduce the risk:
Dyno-Pest technicians will deal with your wasp problem quickly and efficiently with all the correct equipment to do so safely.
Because wasps’ nests can often be located in areas that are hard to access, such as loft spaces and under the eaves of houses and due to the aggressive nature of the wasps, they are best dealt with by professionals.
If you try to remove the nest yourself, you could end up stung not just once but hundreds of times. This is why you should contact Dyno Pest for your wasp nest removal in London.
While bees are not actually protected, they are not considered a pest, so you should go to the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) site if you have a problem with swarming bees.
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