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Being stung by a wasp or bee can be very painful, and for some, can be life-threateneing if you are allergic to stings.  However, you are able to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors to ensure that wasp or bee nests are properly managed.

Wasps are often mistaken for bees and are also confused with other stinging insects.  They are also notorious for building their nests in places where people like to gather, like around your deck, in the eaves of your house, but they can also go undisturbed in attics and lofts until they are discovered in the spring.

Queen wasps emerge from hibernation in Springtime, when the days lengthen and the weather warms to start building a wasp nest, with more worker wasps hatching as the Summer progresses. Wasps are most active in the warmer summer months. In the UK, the Common Wasp and German Wasp cause the most annoyance and painful stings. Even with their distinctive yellow and black body, they can still be confused with hornets.

Ony female wasps have a sting that they can use repeatedly, if they feel threatened. Treating a wasp nest is often the most efficient way to control a wasp problem and reduce the threat of being stung.

Honey Bees

Wasps can often be confused with bees, in particular Honey Bees - however these bees vary in colour from golden brown to almost black and are furrier than wasps. If you suspect you have Honey Bees, visit the British Bee Keepers Association find a swarm collector site, to find a bee keeper local to you, who can offer advice on a bee swarm.

Wasp Facts

It's only female wasps who have a sting which they can use repeatedly, if they feel under threat. In most cases a wasp sting causes no long term harm, but it can be life threatening if you are allergic to stings. Treating a wasp nest is often the most efficient way to control a wasp problem and reduce the threat of being stung. 

Wasps can build their nests outdoors under sheltered eaves or, if they can gain access, wasps will find sheltered areas inside your home, such as:

  • Wall cavities
  • Roof spaces
  • Attics & lofts
  • Internal garages

The lifecycle of a wasp depends on the species, but in general a worker wasps ife can last 12-22 days, whil a queen can live up to a year.

Wasps can also very social creatures, and will build colonies based off how well they mate.  Since the purpose of a wasps life is to mate and/or create offspring, unmated wasps will eventuall die off.  Any unmated wasps, whether male or female, will persh around late summer to early fall, effectively dying of loneliness.

If a nest is discovered early enough in spring, removal using DIY wasp products may be possible but the danger from stings will remain.

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Rentokil’s Wasp Control Solution

Wasps have the potential to attack in large numbers if their nest is disturbed.

It is best to treat a nest earlier in the year before numbers increase and the wasps become more aggressive, increasing the threat of stings during treatment.

At Rentokil, we can offer safe and convenient solutions to get rid of your wasp problem quickly.

  • Guaranteed service treatment within 2 working days.
  • Our BPCA certified technicians require just one 30 - 45 minute visit to treat a nest.
  • Option to book a wasp treatment online is available between April & September.

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