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Book a pest control treatment for wasps
To book an appointment, please call 023 9283 4251 (9am-4pm weekdays). You will need to pay ahead of your appointment. Please have your payment card ready when you call.
You will need to pay the full charge upfront for all treatments which includes a £10 non-refundable callout charge should we not treat.
Prices (All prices include VAT)
- Standard rate - £51.20 for a single treatment for wasps in a hedge, garden, garage, exterior area or loft.
- Reduced rate - £25.60 for a single treatment for wasps in a hedge, garden, garage, exterior area or loft. This rate is for customers who receive qualifying benefits including pension credit, income support, job seekers allowance, housing benefit or Council Tax support and Universal Credit.
If we attend the visit and no treatment is carried out, £10.00 of your payment is non-refundable.
Please note, if you agree a pest control appointment and then miss it, you will be charged an additional call out charge of £10.
What will pest control do?
We will pump insecticide dust either directly in to the nest or in to the entrance where the wasps are tracking back and forth.
The eradication of the nest will depend on its location; if the nest is not visible the wasps will need to carry the insecticide back to the nest. If this is the case the process can take up to 4 days.
Do I have wasps?
The wasp is commonly found in gardens and around the home and will build their nests in trees, bushes, holes in the ground, sheds and lofts.
Wasp nests can be hard to spot as they can be camouflaged by their surroundings. You may not be able to see the nest at all; the only indication may be wasps flying back and forth the entrance. Wasps do not swarm until the nest has been treated; when they do they will stay close to the nest.
Wasps have yellow and black stripes and a narrow waist in the middle. There are many species of wasp in the UK but the most common are the German Wasp and the Common Wasp.
Wasps can sometimes be mistaken for honey bees or hover flies however bees have brown and orange stripes and are covered in brown like fur. Hover flies although a similar colour to wasps can be easily distinguished by their hovering action in flight.
Are wasps a health risk?
Wasps can sting. The sting is used to kill small insects for food but can also be used as a weapon.
The reaction to a wasp sting will verily from person to person, some will react with a small amount of pain whilst others may be more sensitive and need to seek medical attention.
What is the life cycle of a wasp nest?
The queen will emerge in spring and search for a suitable nesting site to construct a small golf ball size nest which will contain around 6 cells.
She will then lay her eggs in the nest within which the eggs will develop into larvae and then into worker wasps. The workers will continue construction of the nest rearing new larvae and new queens.
The nest its self is constructed of small pieces of wood that are chewed down to a pulp
By the end of the summer, if undisturbed, the nest will have grown considerably and may contain between 2000 to 4000 wasps.
Towards the end of the summer the queen wasps and the males will leave the nest to mate. The fertilized queens will then seek out suitable sites to hibernate over winter.
During the autumn when the weather turns colder the nest will be uninhabited as all the workers would have left the nest and died.
The nest then becomes an empty shell and will never be reused again although wasps have been known to build a new nest next to a disused one.