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Why Are Wasp Nests A Problem

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Why Are Wasp Nests A Problem

If you experience wasps around your home or business, there is a good chance that there is a wasp nest on your property. We look at why wasp nests are a problem?

The Dangers: Why we control Wasps

Wasps. Even the name brings a sense of unease. Arguably one of Britain's most aggressive and feared pests, the flying critter is remembered for its unprovoked attacks and vicious stings. 

Although this nasty image of wasps is widespread, the pest doesn't attack an individual unless it senses a threat. 

Once a singular wasp feels as though it's in danger, it will begin emitting an alarm pheromone that warns other wasps of the threat and sends them into a defensive frenzy stinging anyone who stands nearby.

So be careful how you act around a wasp or wasp nest; even one scared wasp could lead to a full-blown attack.


A wasps sting can be incredibly painful or even fatal in the worst-case scenario. A small wasp sting could prompt a serious anaphylaxis shock; this is a potentially life-threatening reaction. 

Wasp stings can be especially severe for younger people, elderly people, household pets and people with allergies. If you have any concerns regarding the development of wasp activity near your home or workplace, contact a professional pest controller in the local area.  

Preventative measures can help deter wasps from coming into your personal space. Here are a few top tips to prevent wasp invasion...

1. Remove the wasp nest.

2.When eating or drinking outside, ensure it's covered up when possible (especially sugary food/drink)

3.Shut all doors & windows to your home enough to prevent wasps from entering your home or building.

If you experience a sense of dizziness, difficulties breathing, or a swollen face, you will need to seek IMMEDIATE medical treatment; this can signify a severe allergic reaction.

The wasp sting can be increasingly painful depending on the level of your allergy; ensure you know how to treat the sting quickly yourself if needed. 

One of the most important things to remember is NOT to ITCH or SCRATCH the affected area; this will only worsen the sting and lead to more permanent skin damage and scarring. 

You can use itching creams or antihistamines from the shops or your pharmacist to reduce itching. And don't try any silly home treatments unless these homoeopathic remedies are trialled and tested. 

It's best to follow these simple two steps to treat a wasp sting...

1.Using soap and clean water, wash the stung spot.

2. Lay a cold compress for a minimum of 10 minutes (ice pack, etc.) 

If you're eating or drinking outdoors, a great way to prevent wasps is by not leaving food unattended or leaving it covered in an airtight container. 

Other useful tips for preventing wasp infestations include: 

2. Shut windows and doors to prevent wasps from entering your home

3. Ensure garbage bins have tight lids

Wasps around your business

Running a business? The last thing you want is an invasion of one of Britain's most hated pests. 

Customers aren't likely to be too pleased to have wasps buzzing around their tables or interrupting important events. In the best case, a few wasps buzz in and buzz out, but if you're looking at a full-scale wasp nest invasion, customers could leave bad reviews or request a refund. 

Both result in a loss of income and damage reputations, so it's best to contact a pest control company. 

It's your responsibility as an employer to protect your staff and customers; this includes from a wasp attack. 

To reduce disruption to your business, it's recommended you contact a trusted professional pest controller to remove a wasp nest, as removal can be incredibly dangerous if not done correctly. At the bottom of this page, follow the link for reliable pest control and removal. 

Signs of a wasps nest

If there are no clear signs of a Wasp's nest on your property, but there are a few wasps, you may not qualify for professional wasp treatment. 

When wasps begin to pose a risk to the health of staff and customers, they can be treated and removed. Contact a professional on the discovery of a wasp's nest so it can be removed.

However, if the danger posed by the wasps is limited and no wasps nest can be seen, then the wasps should be left alone. 

Although a hated pest, Wasps are incredibly beneficial for gardens and local ecosystems; the grown wasps feed fragments of dead insects to their larvae, in turn maintaining a balance amongst other pests. 

Furthermore, it's cruel to kill an animal just because it flew past and you're scared of them. Ensure there's reasonable justification before killing wildlife, even if it's an annoying wasp.

Can wasp nests cause property damage?

Wasps may be annoying, but they aren't known for causing great property damage. Quick removal of wasps and wasps nests should reduce any damage caused, and after removal, any left residue should be relatively easy to remove. 

Wasps aren't burrowing pests; they build their nests out of wood fibres and don't tunnel into structures, unlike some other species of common pests such as the 'Common furniture Beetle' (Anobium Punctatum).

On the other hand, Wasps can actually help to highlight required property repairs. If they're flying around inside your home, it suggests that there may be pre-existing holes in the building or that the roof may need repairing. 

Track down where the wasps are getting in, and you'll likely find something that needs fixing or filling in.

Wasps nests that have remained for a long time can cause minor wood damage to nearby structures. 

Although this is unlikely to cause great damage, it should still be checked for after the professional removal of the wasp nest. When the nest grows, it begins to absorb moisture from surrounding areas, sequentially causing dampness and weakening structures.

Is Removing a Wasp Nest Necessary?

Well, it depends. Removing a wasp nest is necessary when it is endangering public health and safety in a commercial setting; otherwise, it could lead to loss of income, customer complaints, and damage to its reputation. 

In domestic environments, the removal of a wasp nest may not be legally necessary. Yet, it may seem essential for your property's peace of mind and enjoyment, especially during the summer months.

Business owners have a greater responsibility to maintain customer and staff safety, legally and righteously. 

Furthermore, the invasive pest can produce bad reviews and bad experiences for customers, impacting future income and the business's reputation. In this case, the professional removal of a Wasps nest is completely necessary for your business and pocket. 

In domestic settings, the removal of a Wasps nest becomes much more of a choice, although not many would choose to leave it near their homes. 

Whether it's attached to a little summerhouse at the end of the garden or nearer to the back door, the last thing you want is for Wasps to attack you whilst relaxing or your guests when hosting. 

What's more, as warmer BBQ weather approaches, so do Wasps. So when you're planning that summer garden party, make sure you're not sharing your home with a wasp colony, or it could lead to a chaotic get-together. 

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