Prepare for Wasps and Bees This Spring

When spring arrives, wasps and bees who have overwintered awake with a set purpose, to mate and create their new colony. Initially, there may only be one queen and a few males, but they can multiply quickly.

It is wise to check around a property, its grounds and any outbuildings regularly to see if a wasp, hornet or bee nest has been created in a dark corner, behind beams, in an attic space or in eaves. Areas closed off over the cold months may have provided a perfect location for their survival. Spring reintroduces their food sources, nest building materials and natural warmth.

A simple thing like not closing bins securely can be enough to tempt wasps; a compost heap creates an excellent home for bees.

Act Swiftly

Call in pest control services providers like Pest Control Berkshire immediately if you discover a nest so that it, and its inhabitants, can be relocated before breeding starts and your small issue becomes a more severe and possibly painful one.

Wasp and bee removal services are cost effective, comprehensive and restore peace of mind.

Relocation, Not Eradication

Wasps and bees are essential to our ecosystem, so it is rare that they are killed. Thanks to their cross pollination and pest control activities our crops and plants are less prone to submit to attack or die out. To replicate wasps and bees work would cost billions of pounds per year.

Did you know…?

  • Female wasps sting repeatedly. They don’t leave the stinger behind. Female bees sting once, lose the stinger and die.
  • Most people do not suffer more than temporary pain with stings but anaphylactic shock from the venom is a risk.
  • Some species cannot sting, e.g. the Masonry bee.
  • There are hundreds of species of wasps and bees but only a small number inhabit the UK.
  • The most common wasps in the UK are the German and common wasp; they’re yellow and black striped (varies per species) and 10-18mm long.
  • Bumble, Honey, Masonry and Solitary bees are common in the UK.
  • Wasps and bees lifespans vary. A few weeks for female workers, until mating for male drones, the queen lives for 1-5 years and ensures the colony survives.
  • Wasps like to make their nests indoors with easy access to the outside. They chew wood into a malleable pulp for nests and these often look ornate and papery.
  • Bees prefer tree trunks, upturned pots, chimneys, cavity walls or compost heaps.
  • Wasps don’t swarm. Bees do.
  • A hornet is approximately 40mm in length. The European hornet is orange-red with brown stripes. The sting is often agonising.

Professionals have seen too many DIY nest destruction efforts, many hazardous, which have caused more harm to the humans than resolution of the pest issue. Specialists are in constant demand because they have the training, expertise, experience and equipment to ensure that the task is efficiently completed without being stung.

Stay safe, don’t engage with the wasps and bees.

Contact pest control service providers today about wasp and bee removal services.

Author: Robin Gupta