As the warm weather approaches and we spend more time enjoying the outdoors we begin to notice an increased presence of wasps. Wasps are active from spring when the hibernating Queens lay eggs to create the first few female workers. In early summer, these workers are busy collecting insects to feed the larvae in the nest so tend not to bother us very much.
However, they do get addicted to a sweet secretion that is exuded by the growing larvae and by late summer when all the grubs have grown up, the adult wasps turn their attention to sweet things on our table. This is when we notice them and when they become wacky and a nuisance to us.
If you do begin to experience a high number of wasps in your home or garden there will most likely be a nest nearby. Treating a wasp nest early is key to reducing the threat and stopping further nests. Wasps make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva which gives them papery walls. These nests are usually found and built in sheltered spots. These often include places such as wall cavities, roof spaces, sheds, gardens etc. You can locate a nest by watching the flight path of returning wasps. Wasp nests initially start off very small. However over time they grow rapidly in size as the number of wasps increases.
Wasp nests and bee hives are commonly confused which can lead to unsuccessful results as treatment available for each differs. Bees are an endangered species and a bee nest should only be removed if it poses a significant threat. Treatment for a wasp nest is more common and with our products can be carried out very efficiently on a DIY basis. The main way to identify a wasp from a bee nest is by looking at the material used to construct the nest. Wasps build nests with a ‘paperlike’ substance from chewed wood fibre and saliva whereas bees use beeswax, a waxy substance they secrete from their abdomens to create their detailed hive structure.
We have put together some quick key wasp facts to help you identify a wasp from a bee.
Product 1: Keen Flying Insect Killer Spray
Keen Flying Insect Killer is a powerful and effective knockdown spray for use in a domestic situation.
Product 2: SX Pro Wasp Killer Foam
The SX Pro Wasp Killer Foam is an insecticidal foaming spray for effectively killing wasps in the nest. A professional product which is very effective.
Product 3: Digrain Wasp/Hornet Nest Destroyer
Digrain Wasp Nest Destroyer is a fast acting specifically formulated product for use against wasps and hornets. This spray provides rapid and complete control and is very effective in destroying wasp nests.
Product 4: Wasp Hat Veil
The Wasp or Bee Hat/Veil is a key safety product and should be used always when dealing with wasp nests. It features an integral hat and two sprung steel rings to keep wasps away from your face.
Product 5: Residex P
Residex P is a broad spectrum residual insecticide suitable for the control of all crawling insects and is particularly successful as a treatment for wasp nests.
Product 6: Ficam D
Ficam D is another broad spectrum insecticide, potent and highly effective against wasps, the professionals favourite.
Product 7: Polminor Dust Bellows
The Polminor Dust Bellow is a powerful bellows duster that holds 2 litres of dust. Perfect for all insecticidal dust applications. Its powerful action allows you to apply dust to wasp nests without having to get too close.
Product 9: Dustick Duster
The Dustick Duster is a must for treating wasp nests at height or when access is difficult. It is a worthwhile investment if wasp nests are a recurrent problem.
Product 10: Smoke Bombs
Smoke Bombs come into their own when the wasp nest is indoors in a loft or reasonably enclosed area.
Wasps are a very big problem in the Summer and can prove to be a very big nuisance for all of us who want to spend some quality time outdoors. The key to dealing with wasps is to be proactive and treat quickly. Identifying a wasp nest sooner rather than later is essential. Browse our excellent range of products so you can deal with wasps professionally. If you need further advice then feel free to get in touch with a member of our expert team.