Wasps and Bees
- Where to find them
- What they eat
- Why wasps can be a pest
- What you can do to control the problem
- How the council can help
- Cost of treatment
All the wasps found in the United Kingdom, with the exception of the hornet, are very similar with black and yellow bands on their body and two pairs of wings.
In spring, the fertilised queen leaves her hibernating quarters to seek nesting sites for a new colony. These sites could be holes in the ground, hollow trees, sheds, loft spaces or wall cavities.
Nest construction starts in spring and will reach its maximum size in September, when up to 10,000 workers may be present. An old nest is not used in subsequent years.
Wasps usually eat insects, which are mainly garden or household pests. They also feed on dustbin waste and animal carcasses.
Wasps become a nuisance to humans mainly in late summer as the weather gets cooler when they become more likely to sting. A wasp, unlike a bee, can sting many times. Although the wasp sting is not normally serious, it can be very painful, and in certain cases can cause a severe reaction.
Nests located in areas away from human contact can be left untreated. It should be remembered that wasps have a beneficial aspect as they kill many garden insect pests.
However, if it is necessary to destroy the nest, it is easy to do so. Wasps are generally easy to control if the nest is destroyed by applying a residual insecticide. This will be in either a dust or liquid form and is applied to the nest entrance or nearby so that wasps entering the nest are contaminated.
You are strongly recommended to seek professional help in dealing with a problem wasps nest. Haringey's Pest Control Team can provide this service at a moderate charge. Alternatively, commercial pest control companies are listed in local business directories. Consider the risks very carefully before attempting a treatment yourself. Wasps are very aggressive when their nest is threatened, and multiple stings may result if your protective clothing is inadequate.
if you do decide to treat the nest yourself, suitable products can be purchased from hardware shops and garden centres. You must first locate the entrance to the nest. Following the flight pattern of returning wasps may help. Treatment should be carried out very early and late in the day when activity is at a minimum. Apply the insecticide to the entrance of the nest, or directly on to the nest if it is visible. Keep well away from the treated nest for at least 24 hours.
Note: when using pesticides always follow the instructions on the label.
The most common species in this country are the honeybee, bumblebee, and masonry bee. Bees have important benefits, acting as pollinators of many fruit trees and other plants, and are not considered as pests.
Bees will sting people if they are strongly provoked.
Please note: The council does not provide a control service for bees. Please contact a local bee keeper or beekeeping association for advice.
A full list of charges can be found in our Pest Control Charges page.
We are here to help and advise so if you are unsure about a pest problem or wish to arrange a treatment, please contact us. Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange a course of treatment via email.
All information in regards to the treatment will be kept confidential.
- Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm
- Tel 020 8489 1335
Pest Control Team
Level 1 North - River Park House
225 High Road
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