Wasp Control | Wasp Nest Removal | Wasp Problem – Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
If you are suffering from a wasp problem or have a wasp nest that needs removing, Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions can help. We offer a full range of insect removal services to both domestic and commercial clients, working in the counties of Essex and Suffolk. Our fast and effective wasp extermination service will eradicate wasps from your home or business with the minimum of disruption. Emergency appointments are available on request. Our work is carried out with strict adherence to current health and safety legislation and all our pest control operatives are CRB checked and qualified to at least BPCA RSPH Level 2. We provide a discreet, confidential service at all times and can arrive in unmarked vehicles if required. We can also guarantee our service.
There are over 100,000 species of wasp falling into one of two categories, social or solitary. The solitary wasp does not construct a nest and is rarely an insect we are called out to deal with. The social wasp will construct a nest and a colony of social wasps can sometimes number several thousands. Many social wasps create nests on trees, in attics or in other sheltered areas with outdoor access and it is quite common for them to use old tree stumps or even just holes in the ground. The nests of some social wasps are initially constructed by the queen. When the nest reaches a certain size, the building is taken over by sterile female workers leaving the queen to concentrate on the job of increasing the population of the colony. Wasps are a major cause for concern. A wasp’s sting can be very painful indeed and the fear of this alone is enough to cause serious anxiety to many. In some cases their sting can cause the onset of anaphylactic shock; a severe state of shock caused by poisoning or an allergic reaction, that can cause constriction of the airways and lead to cardiac arrest. The mere presence of a wasps’ nest can lead to a loss of trade for businesses; after all, nobody will want to sit in a restaurant or pub garden with a wasps’ nest nearby. If you have a wasp nest in your office or workshop, you, as an employer, have a duty of care to have it removed and the environment made safe.
The life cycle of wasps
The queen emerges from hibernation in early April and searches for a suitable site for her colony. Once one is located, she will lay her first batch of eggs and she will continue to lay eggs through until late summer. The eggs laid during late summer are the ones that produce fertile males and queens. These will mate and the fertilised queens will fly away to select a suitable site to hibernate. The eggs laid prior to this will have produced the sterile male and female worker wasps or Drones that go to make up the rest of the colony. As the weather cools, the workers become slow and aggressive. Combine this with them getting “drunk” on over-ripe fruit and this is when they are at their most dangerous. Colder weather and frost will kill off the workers and fertile males, leaving the new queens in hibernation, waiting to start their own colonies.
The treatment of wasps
Wasp problems are best treated by the destruction of the nest. This is done by insecticidal sprays or dusts. It is a relatively quick and easy process but must be carried out by a trained professional. Once the nest has been treated, a return visit is rarely required. We are not generally asked to remove the nest itself since a new queen will never re-use an old nest. However, if required we can remove it on a return visit for an additional charge.
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We work in the following locations: Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Framlingham, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury, Colchester, Manningtree, Harwich, Clacton, Maldon, Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree. Work further afield may also be considered.
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