Wasps and hornets

Wasps and hornets have a natural role as predators of other insects. They can serve a useful role in killing nuisance insects including caterpillars, flies, beetles, aphids and other bugs.

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Wasps

Wasp

Wasps can be beneficial in a garden as they will eat insect pests. However, they can be quite aggressive and will come out to investigate if you get too close to their nest.

If you have a nest you may consider one of the following three options:

  1. You can leave the nest alone if it is not really causing you a problem. Wasps' nests will die off in the first frosts of autumn and will never be re-colonised.
  2. If you feel confident, you can treat the nest yourself. If the nest is in a hole, under tiles or in an air brick, a wasp nest destroyer PUFFER PACK can be used. If the nest is hanging in a hedge or garage and is clearly visible, a wasp nest destroyer AEROSOL should be used. DO NOT USE A PUFFER PACK FOR A HANGING NEST. These products are available from most hardware stores or garden centres. Always follow the safety and environmental instructions. Please note, where the nest is in a roof space and bats are present or likely to be present, Natural England must be consulted before any treatment is carried out.
  3. We can treat the nest for you -please call the Pest Control Service in the first instance on 01935 462462.
 

Hornets

Hornet

Hornets are relatively rare and are usually only found in southern England. They are banded in yellow and brown and slightly larger than the common wasp. While not aggressive when encountered far from the nest, they will vigorously defend the nest if provoked. They have a painful sting and can cause anaphylactic shock to persons with an allergy to wasp venom, a condition which can be fatal.

Because the hornet is rare the nest should not be destroyed unless absolutely necessary. We can treat the nest for you but if you decide to treat the nest yourself special precautions must be taken; your body must be completely covered, wear long gauntlet style gloves and suitable headwear that covers the face. Further advice will be available with the poison used.

Please Note: Wasps and Hornets do not swarm. If you have a swarm it will be bees -please refer to the Bees page for further advice.

For advice on Asian hornets and what to do if you spot one, please refer to our September 2016 news article on Asian hornets in the UK.

If you have a pest control problem and would like advice, please contact us.