Preventing Wasps & Wasp Nests

Approaching the spring and summer months brings with it the arrival of wasps. As the temperature gets warmer, so the construction of nests occurs and eggs are rapidly produced. Wasps are widely viewed as a problem and are feared or disliked due to their presumed unprovoked stings. Their stings are painful and can even be fatal for those who are allergic and can go in to anaphylactic shock.

If you have noticed an increase of wasps around your home or business then it is likely that a nest is close by. Wasps nests can house up to 5,000 wasps at their highest levels in the summer months. if you are seeking out a nest remember that wasps tend to build their nest in protected areas such as in sheds or garages, under hanging ledges on houses, in bushes or trees and sometimes in wall cavities.

If you are a business suffering a wasp problem – you have several issues to address. Customers and staff should feel safe and comfortable on your business premises. Having a lot of wasp activity within the premises can led to a decrease in customers, and their time spent looking at products or services. It can also lead to bad reviews or feedback and therefore needs to be addressed quickly and safely.

Prevention of Wasps and their nests

As always you are always better off preventing wasps from appearing in the first place than having to get rid of them.

Here are a few things that you can do to help prevent the arrival of wasps at your property.

Keep windows / doors closed

It’s a simple one, but it works… by keeping your doors and windows closed you’ll ensure that wasps don’t get into the property. Obviously this isn’t always possible, but always be aware and close when you can. Fly screens can be used if you want to keep doors open during the summer.

Think about your bins

Clean up your bins to ensure that wasps aren’t attracted inside. Open bins will attract wasps looking for something to feed on. Keep outside bins away from the house and make sure lids are closed so there is no excuse for wasps to hang around.

Look out for nests

Pay close attention to any areas that are likely to attract wasps each spring. During this time nests will be small and easier to deal with. Common locations include lofts, garages, sheds and under the eaves.

What next?

It is always recommended to contact a professional when looking to eliminate a wasp problem. They will have all the safety equipment and experience to effectively remove nests without risk of harm to yourself. Get in touch today.

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