Found a wasp nest in your home or business? Call us immediately.
Trying to take on a wasp nest yourself will lead to you being attacked by an angry, stinging swarm protecting their home. Even if you do manage to destroy the nest, you’ll be left with a house full of aggressive, homeless wasps.
Environ Pest Control guarantee to locate and remove wasp nests and their associated swarms from homes, businesses and gardens in London.
Wasps are notoriously aggressive, so you should never attempt to destroy a nest without professional help.
While wasps are a nuisance, they’re not responsible for the spread of disease like dirtier flying insects such as bluebottles.
What wasps are responsible for is making meal times miserable. Trying to enjoy food outdoors can be impossible if there’s a nearby wasp nest. Wasps are attracted to sweet-smelling foods, and their persistence can quickly turn to aggression when you try and swat them away.
Wasp populations peak in the summer months in London, when wasps can often be spotted bouncing off the windows of your home or business and coming in and out of your roof guttering on their way to and from nests hidden in your loft.
Wasp stings are painful and potentially dangerous if they trigger an anaphylactic shock. If you find a wasp nest inside your home you must call a wasp removal specialist immediately.
No one needs help identifying a wasp. They’re one of the most familiar and disliked British insects, easily recognized by their characteristic black and yellow bands, two pairs of locked-together wings and dart-shaped abdomens which – in female wasps – are tipped with stings.
Worker wasps are 10-15mm in length, while queens are significantly larger at 20mm. There are several wasp species in the UK, with the most common being the common wasp (vespula vulgaris) and the German or European wasp (vespula germanica).
Both species make their nests underground or in the cavities of trees, walls and other parts of buildings.
Queen wasps emerge from their nests in the autumn, mate with male wasps, then find a suitable site for hibernation underground or inside trees or buildings. Late in the following spring, they end their hibernation and search for somewhere to make their nest.
Nest sites are usually in the ground or in roof cavities, making them a common pest in lofts or sheds. Their nests are built from wood pulp which is moulded into a smooth outer shell which contains many internal chambers constructed in a characteristic honeycomb pattern.
Eggs are laid in each of these chambers which hatch into larvae, fed by the queen on a diet of dead insects. Once these larvae are fully grown, they pupate and transform into sterile workers which spend their lives rearing new larvae and the next generation of queens.
Towards the end of summer, male wasps start being born in the nests, whose sole purpose is to breed with the queen. When the weather turns colder, all wasps die except the queens, which fly away from the nests (which are abandoned, and never used again) to find sites for hibernation, starting the cycle anew.