Wasp & Hornet Control
HOW DO I GET RID OF WASPS & HORNETS?
Wasps and hornets are serious pests and are known to sting when disturbed or trapped, which for people who are allergic to stings can cause potentially fatal anaphylactic shock.
Wasp venom contains a cocktail of toxins, some of which can cause Kounis syndrome, where the blood vessels are constricted leading to a heart attack.
Wasps release an alarm pheromone when stinging you, so if you are near the nest, swarms of wasps will react to the pheromone and can also attack you.
HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WASP AND A BEE?
The main way to differentiate between a wasp and a bee is their shape. Bees have stout, hairy bodies with flat rear legs whereas wasps have slender bodies with a narrow waist and appear smooth and shiny with a much more radiant yellow colour.
Their nests are also different bee nests consist of exposed combs made from wax, while wasp nests are made from paper and are generally ball-shaped with an outer paper covering.
HOW CAN I TELL IF I HAVE A WASP NEST?
The tell tail sign for the presence of a wasp nest is a high level of activity heading to a similar location at your property, normally this activity increases during warm sunny days.
Typical locations you see them flying into are cracks between tiles, or in the eaves.
HOW TO TREAT A WASP NEST?
As pest controllers, we understand the risks associated with wasp stings. When treating nests we put ourselves very much in line for wasps to attack us. This is why at Terminix we take every precaution to protect our technicians, by ensuring they have the correct PPE to carry out the treatment that minimises any risk.
Where possible our technicians will treat wasp nests from the ground, using extendable poles that enable them to deploy the insecticide into the nest.
Working at height while treating a wasp nest brings with it another layer of complexity and risk for our team, so where required due to access problems we may need the use of mobile access equipment to ensure that we can safely treat the nest.