Wasps can be a nuisance anywhere, whether you have an Ipswich town centre business or a company in the Essex or Suffolk countryside. In mid-summer, the feeding habits of wasps change and they are attracted to sugary substances such as food and drink, and unfortunately, these are where people are likely to be.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions provide wasp control in the Woodbridge, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Colchester, Manningtree and Braintree areas. We receive the majority of our callouts for wasp nest removal from the general public (where wasps affect homes), but we also receive callouts to tackle wasps at Ipswich businesses and organisations further afield: with farms and food-related companies among the establishments hardest hit during the wasp season.
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Agricultural Organisations – How to Ensure Effective Wasp Control
It is estimated that there are several hundred wasp nests every square mile and, with wasps attracted to many human food sources, you can see just how vital it is to have effective wasp control. In the farming industry, fruit crops are particularly attractive to wasps and, in addition to orchards, strawberry and raspberry fields make excellent nesting sites.
In the farming industry, wasps are a pest to customers and staff at farm shops and cafes. For successful wasp control in Woodbridge, and elsewhere in the East Anglian region, it is always best to bring in the experts. One of the vital pieces of equipment we recommend at any eating establishment is an electric fly killer unit (or fly zapper unit), which we sell or hire at Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions. In addition to this, we also recommend screens with anti-insect mesh and would advise on the installation of wasp traps around the perimeter of the premises.
Wasp Nests – On treating a nest in an agricultural site, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions take a number of things into consideration. We ask for the removal of animals, pets and people near the wasp nest and we cordon off the area to be treated when necessary. The next step is to ensure all water sources (e.g. water butts) and human and animal foodstuffs are not contaminated by the pesticide. We would usually disconnect water sources such as guttering (if the nest is on a roof, or on the eaves of a farmhouse) to prevent any contamination of water entering a water butt. We would not, however, treat a nest with pesticide if it is above a watercourse (such as a river or stream). As well as paying special attention to water sources, any plants/vegetables/fruit and other food sources nearby also need to be covered before wasp nest treatment is carried out.
The Hospitality Industry – Dealing with Wasps
Wasps can present a real problem in Ipswich, Suffolk, and Essex bars, restaurants, tea rooms and hotels, as they annoy consumers and, at worst, prevent customers from returning and give a business a bad reputation.
Working with the hospitality business is very complex and, here at Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions, we take a proactive approach and work with our clients to put various measures in place to prevent wasps becoming a problem.
If a large nest is close to an eating establishment – and down-wind – wasps can be attracted by the smell of food and drink in increasingly large numbers. If a nest is near to people and visible, we would advise on destroying the nest; however, this may need to happen out of hours when customers and staff are not around, a service that Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions is happy to provide.
If the nest can’t be found, then good hygiene is needed to minimise the problem. Wasp traps should be sited in the right places, but these are unlikely to work without good hygiene practices. This is because the bait in the wasp traps would be in competition with the smells from other food and drink sources.
So we offer the following advice:
- Regularly wipe tables in between customers, or use table cloths.
- Use metal, rather than wooden, tables if possible, so that food and drink residues do not become ingrained in the table.
- Make sure food is covered.
- Site waste bins well away from food service areas.
- Regularly clean and empty waste bins.
- Avoid flip top bins as they can get sticky and attract more wasps, or other pests such as ants.
- Offer straws to customers if you are selling drinks in cans or bottles.
For any of our pest control services, including wasp control, we provide unmarked vehicles on request.
Wasp Control at Supermarkets, Warehouses and Factories
In addition to outside eating areas, wasps are also a problem at supermarkets, factories and warehouses. Here they pose more of a threat to staff, rather than drive away customers. However, on the plus side, wasps are unlikely to damage packaged food or produce.
Automatic doors are always a help to prevent wasps from entering warehouse and factory premises as are insect mesh curtains (strip/chain curtains). One of the biggest problems are wasps surrounding waste bins. We encourage staff in these areas to clean bins and waste areas and to pressure wash daily. It is also important to seal or tie all waste inside plastic bags and ensure that all rubbish is placed in bins with lids.
Electric fly killer units are also a great help and, at Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions, we sell and hire these out. In addition to this, we also offer customers advice on where to site these units so they are positioned in the most appropriate and effective area of their business.
At Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions, we offer pest control contracts to tackle the issue of wasps in Ipswich, Suffolk and Essex, as well as a host of others pests including mice, rats, cockroaches, flies, pigeons and ants. For more information on wasp control or any of our other services, just click on the link below.
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