Just because you find a nest does not mean it has to be destroyed. If the wasps are not posing a danger to your family or customers you could simply leave them to get on with life.
Ensure that you have adequate protective clothing, including a beekeepers veil to prevent wasps attacking your face.
Think long and hard before tackling a wasp nest above 2m off the ground - for safety issues
do so in the late evening when activity around the nest is quiet. Remember though that activity is quiet because all the wasps are inside, so don't provoke an attack
approach the nest from the side, not directly from the front. Wasps generally go to and from the nest on established flight paths which are mostly to the front and top, or bottom of the nest site
if you follow this advice, you will be able to approach quite close without the wasps being aware of your presence
the danger comes when you apply your chosen insecticide, whether it be spray or dust
apply the product swiftly and accurately then make a controlled retreat to a safe distance
the wasps will immediately start to exit the nest and swarm around the entrance searching for the intruder
if you have applied a dust, they will contact the dust as they leave and re-enter the nest so spreading the dust to the inside of the nest
We offer a wide range of wasp control products including sprays, dust, smoke bombs and the application equipment required. Which products used depends where the nest is situated.
If the wasp nest is fully visible you can use a Foam Product or Insecticide Dust.
dust products should be applied with a suitable duster like the Polminor.
Spray foam products like Digrain wasp nest destroyer are applied directly from the can, ensure you read all the instructions.
If the wasp nest is underground then a dust product like Quartz, Residex P or Ficam D should be used.
If the nest is within an accessible roof space you could try a smoke bomb.
activity around the nest should cease after about 12 hours, but if it continues just repeat the dose and that should finish it.
Wasps are social insects. They construct new nests each year and never re-use
Up to 30mm long.
Two pairs of membranous wings.
Mouthparts adapted for chewing.
Bright yellow and black striped body.
Ability to sting repeatedly.
queen overwinters in crevices and holes in buildings and trees
queen emerges in the spring
queen starts to build a nest constructed of wasp paper which is made by chewing wood fibre
queen lays first eggs in the base of the nest
4-6 weeks later the first workers emerge
these are small female wasps, the males emerge later in the season
the workers take responsibility for maintaining and enlarging the nest
the queen devotes her time to laying eggs for the workers to look after
by the end of the season she may have laid 20,000 eggs
in autumn new queens and males are produced
the males fertilise the queens who then depart to find a safe place to overwinter
as the weather cools, all the workers and males die leaving just the fertile queens to start the cycle again next spring
Wasps are generally beneficial insects because in the process of raising their young they consume large numbers of garden pest insect larvae, and decomposing carrion. They also consume carbohydrates in the form of fruit and the nectar of flowers, thereby performing a pollination service.
However, they do damage considerable amounts of fruit such as pears, apples, damsons and plums. In the process of nest building they also do minor damage to the fabric of buildings and fences.
Wasps do become a major nuisance towards the end of summer when they search avidly for anything sweet and aromatic.