Our wasp nest treatments are very effective; we provide immediate results and stop all wasp activity. If you still notice activity, we'll return free-of-charge to repeat the service.
How to get rid of a wasp nest will depend on its location. When a wasp nest is found in the loft or roof space hanging from a beam, we can make it fall straight into a plastic bag and take it away safely.
However getting rid of a wasp nest buried into a wall or in a corner will often involve using physical or chemical means. Such wasp nest removal technique may take a few hours to take effect and all activity shoukld stop by the next morning.
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Beehive vs wasp nest
Bees are not aggressive insects and far less of a threat than wasps. If you find a beehive in your home, you’re in very little danger. However, it will still need to be removed and you should call a licenced professional to do so.
Do not attempt to remove a beehive without professional or advice from local authorities since some bees are protected species.
Hornet nest removal
Hornet nests are much more of a threat. If you see a hornet nest in your home, we recommend that you call us immediately and stay well away – especially if you have children or pets. The same goes for when you need to carry out some maintenance work in the roof space and workmen may be threatened by them.
Removing a nest from a roof space should only be done by a professional pest controller wearing the proper protective gear. Disturbing a live wasp nest, especially while up a ladder, is likely to result in injury unless you take the proper precautions. Please do not try to remove a wasps’ nest yourself – call an expert.
Honey Bees and Bumblebees
Honey bees and Bumblebees are not aggressive species and should be left alone as they are beneficial to nature. If unprovoked, they won’t sting you. In most cases, by the time you notice the hive, it will already be near the natural end of its cycle (late July) and will not be a safety concern.
Even though they are not protected by law, wild bees are in danger of extinction. Therefore, we prefer to not use lethal methods to remove them from your property. In fact, preventative measures are preferred. For example, we have used Velcro nets on windows to stop bees entering rooms in the past with great success. If you’re worried about bees entering your home or have suffered from a bee problem in the past, get in touch with us for prevention tips.
How much does wasp control cost?
To remove a wasp nest, we charge £89+VAT. When there is more than one nest to be treated, the additional nests are normally charged at a further £69+VAT.
When you have wasp activity in the gutters of your house, it can either be treated from outside, or from within the roof space. Our technicians will always choose the safest and most effective option.
London wasps are typically either the species Vespula Germanica or Vespula Vulgaris. They are common wasps which are easily recognisable by their black and yellow bands.
Wasps are normally found nesting in the void spaces of buildings: in air-vents, in masonry gaps, in roof spaces – anywhere that is safe enough for the queen to stay.
Whenever you see wasps, either in your home or outside, it is best to stay clear of them. If you stumble on the nest, do not attempt to remove it yourself, as you do not have the right protective equipment. Instead, call us here at Inoculand and we’ll send one of our wasp removal experts.
While wasp stings are uncommon, they can be very painful, or even fatal in the most extreme cases. If you’re stung by a wasp (or a bee), it’s best to consult a medical professional as soon as possible – especially if you suffer an allergic reaction or are at risk of anaphylactic shock.
Read our dedicated blog post on treating wasp stings for more information.
Wasps and pets rarely go well together; dogs especially are at risk of being stung due to their curious nature.
Dogs are most likely to be stung on their face and will handle a wasp sting without any fuss. Applying vinegar on the sting area will usually alleviate the pain.
The main concern is when dogs try to bite a wasp. Being stung in the mouth or tongue can trigger swelling that can block a dog’s airways. The eyes are also very vulnerable and a sting could lead to loss of vision. If a dog is stung somewhere else on its body, it will likely keep licking the affected area.
If you notice that your pet is suddenly lethargic, has breathing difficulties or a large swelling suddenly, seek a vet immediately.
The most common type of wasp nest removal in London remains treatment using a DR5 Duster. This device sends highly pressurised insecticidal dust straight through the entry point of the nest. The dust reaches to the heart of the structure and, as a consequence, the nest dies overnight.
Wasps play a critical role in our biosphere by targeting greenflies and caterpillars and therefore keeping garden pests down. They are still valuable pollinators though their lack of fuzzy hairs makes them much less efficient than bees.
A world without them would be catastrophic for our ecosystem with more pests attacking the vegetation, and us using more pesticides that may in turn affect the bee population dramatically.
So one may argue that wasps reduce our need for pesticide use, and to some extent may benefit us by not being further exposed to organophosphates and other hard pesticides.
On the other hand, there is always the risk of being stung by accident. Beyond the pain that one may suffer, there is always the risk of suffering anaphylaxis, an extreme allergic reaction.
So when should we take steps to get rid of wasps?
- If wasps are noticed in a remote area and basically are not bothering anyone, it may just be best to leave them alone. Assess if there may be anyone that may be affected 5-10 meters around. You may consider cordoning off the area or placing a warning sign. If near a fence, please speak with your neighbour.
- If was are near a walkway, a window, or a door it may be best to get rid of the wasp nest before it becomes bigger as the season advance.
- If any work is taking place nearby above all on ladders, scaffoldings, or inside roof space. Do stop all work in the affected area until the wasps nest removal has been completed