When summer arrives, it tends to bring large numbers of wasps – and you could find yourself looking for an expert to carry out wasp nest removal in the Ipswich area. There can be hundreds of nests per square mile in the UK. While the insects may be a real nuisance for homes and businesses, when there are wasp nests around children the situation is more serious. Wasp stings can be extremely risky for youngsters, especially if they are allergic to them, so, if a nest is found near a school, it is important to deal with it as soon as possible.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions are experienced in wasp prevention, control, and wasp nest removal. As the experts in their field, they not only receive callouts from homes and businesses needing wasp nest removal in the Ipswich and Manningtree areas, but also from schools and educational establishments.
Let’s take a look at why it is important to deal with any wasp problems around children as quickly as possible and also at action you can take to prevent wasps becoming a pest in summer.
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How Big a Threat are Wasps to Schools?
Wasps are often regarded as just a nuisance, but they are also a health hazard to children. One very real risk is an allergic reaction to being stung, which could be mild or, in rare cases, even life-threatening. Unfortunately, often people don’t realise they are allergic to stings until they have been stung, and it is also possible suddenly to react badly to a sting even if this hasn’t happened in the past.
A severe reaction could even mean going into anaphylactic shock, with symptoms including your mouth and throat swelling up and difficulty in breathing. You need to call an ambulance if someone suffers this type of reaction, and sufferers who know they are allergic may have to carry an adrenaline pen. Severe allergies are very rare in children but, if stung by a wasp, at the very least it can be painful and uncomfortable. Wasps are also a health hazard because, like flies, they spread bacteria causing diseases, so a wasp landing on a child’s packed lunch or ice cream could bring a risk of a stomach bug as well as the danger of the child being stung in the mouth.
When there is a nest near a school, there is a risk that children might either try to tamper with it or unwittingly disturb the insects and get stung as a result. Wasps are as big a threat in the countryside as to inner city schools, as they congregate around food and drink areas and outdoor bins.
Staff and caretakers should be cautious in early summer and carry out regular patrols of low trees and hedges around children’s play areas. Wasp nests can be on the ground in fields, or in the eaves of buildings, as well as in shrubs and hedgerows. So it would be all too easy for a child to disturb a nest by kicking a football into a hedge or hitting a nest hanging low in a tree with a Frisbee or skipping rope.
How We Tackle Wasps in these Areas
Wasp traps can be used to protect sensitive areas and Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions provide highly effective traps to their customers which will give protection all through the summer. Fly zapper units in canteens can also give some protection and help to prevent wasps landing on children’s food.
We also carry out wasp nest removal, which should ideally be done out of school hours when staff and children are not around. If you are a school staff member, don’t try to undertake removing the nest yourself, as this is extremely hazardous because you could get stung by large numbers of insects at once. It is always best to call in the experts who know how to deal with nests safely and have the correct equipment and protective clothing to do so.
What to Do if you Spot a Wasp Nest in School Grounds
If a school staff member or child spots a wasp nest in or near the playground or a school playing field, immediate action is needed to prevent children getting stung before Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions arrive to deal with the situation.
It is vital to cordon off the area and keep children well away until the experts arrive to deal with the nest. Being a local company, Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can attend schools in the Ipswich and Manningtree areas quickly and would give priority to such a situation, where children are at risk. The wasp nest would be treated and removed.
How to Take Preventative Action Against Wasps
As with other places where food is eaten, schools should carry out good hygiene practices to avoid attracting wasps. This includes covering and regularly emptying waste bins, keeping picnic tables tidy, clearing up any food and drink spillages or leftovers and keeping food covered. It is also a good idea to encourage children to drink water outside rather than sugary drinks, which are a magnet for wasps, and offering straws from drinking out of cans or bottles.
Many schools have a recycling bottle bank area attached and these can be extremely attractive to wasps. Wasp traps would need to be strategically placed to prevent tampering by inquisitive children but, at the same time, it is important to ensure they are in the most effective place as possible to combat the insects.
Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions can give advice on where best to site a wasp trap.
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About Essex & Suffolk Pest Solutions
We provide swift, effective action to tackle pests, and give priority to schools for wasp nest removal. As a local company based in Holbrook and serving the Ipswich and Manningtree areas, we offer competitive prices, and you can rely on us for expert advice. We offer preventative contracts and can guarantee our work.
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