WASPS AND HORNETS
Offering wasp nest removal in Reading, Newbury and Berkshire
Wasp and hornet nest treatments start from only £50, with no additional charges for extra nests
You will only usually see wasps in late Spring/Summer months, where do they come from?
Queen wasps will emerge from hibernation around mid-April, sometimes earlier depending on weather conditions in areas like Reading, Shinfield, Wokingham, Newbury and throughout Berkshire and will then begin their search for a safe and suitable nesting site. Suitable nesting sites can include anything from a hole between roof tiles leading into the loft, brickwork or cavity walls, to sheds, garages or underneath cladding. We have ever seen wasp nests appear in BBQ’s and garden patio heaters. By late Summer, an average wasp nest can contain between 3,000 to 15,000 wasps.
What do wasps eat and why are they so aggressive?
Wasp will eat aphids and other insects, wasps have a naturally aggressive instinct and a little agitation can provoke a substantive reaction from a wasp that has been accidentally or purposefully disturbed. When a wasp is injured or killed it realises a pheromone that will alert other wasps in the area to come to its aid, they can also sting perceived threats multiple times, unlike bees, so an angry wasp can be a challenge to deal with!
Although wasps will kill other insects, they do not feed on them. The insects are used to feed their larvae, the adult wasps will chop up these insects and turn it in to larvae feed, the larvae will then produce a sugar like substance that the adult wasps will drink.
In the later Summer months, once the Queen has finished laying eggs, she will die leaving all the wasp drones with nothing to eat, this is due to all the remaining larvae becoming new Queens for the next wasp season. These wasp drones will be emerging to fend for themselves and will be looking for a sugary substitute food source, this is why at the end of the summer you will see a spike in wasps entering homes or infesting pub gardens, picnic and BBQs.
Abbey Pest Control are wasp exterminator experts working throughout Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and throughout Berkshire.
Is there more than one type of wasp?
In Reading, Shinfield, Newbury and around Berkshire we have two main types of wasp, these are the Common wasp, the German/European wasp, both will nest within cavities in buildings, walls and even trees, in some cases they will nest underground.
Are hornets and wasps different?
In short, yes, around Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and Berkshire we have 2 main types of hornets also being the Common Hornet and the European Hornet.
Hornets are much larger than wasps however are more like bees in their behaviour keeping to themselves unless highly provoked to attack.
Hornets like wasps will also build nests within the same environments, lofts, cavity walls, tree, hedges, shed and garages.
In recent years we have also had report of Asian hornets within the UK, these hornets are extremely aggressive and should be dealt with immediately.
At Abbey Pest Control we are experts in treating wasps, hornets and wasp nests and work throughout Reading, Shinfield, Newbury and the Berkshire area. We will always endeavour to visit you on the same day you call us to rid you of your wasp or hornet issue as soon as possible, wasp nests are treated with insecticide that is non toxic to mammals but highly toxic to insects having a knock down effect very quickly.
Are there any after effects from a wasp/hornet nest treatment?
You can sometimes encounter a smell from a recently treated wasp or hornet nest, this will usually happen more towards the end of the summer as the nests are bigger and contain much more larvae including Queen larvae which is somewhat bigger than usual wasp or hornet larvae and once the larvae die they can produce more liquid in the nest.
These wasp and hornet nests are mainly made up of wood which has been chewed by the drone wasps and hornets and turned into a pulp to make the nest. If the wasp nest is accessible we can arrange to come back and remove the nest once all the wasps or hornets are dead, however both wasps and hornets only use their nests for one season so will never reuse an old nest.
At Abbey Pest Control we do not treat bees as we consider them to be a crucial part of our delicate ecosystems, we are however happy to give any advice we can to help you and put you mind at ease regarding any bees you may encounter in your home.
If you have a problem with wasps or hornets don’t hesitate to contact us here at Abbey Pest Control.
Covering: Reading, Tilehurst, Caversham, Wokingham, Shinfield, Woodley, Newbury, Chieveley, Thatcham and surrounding areas. Our price includes a full survey, written report, all labour and materials. All of our operatives are fully trained, experienced members of the NPTA and we have comprehensive public liability insurance.
There are no hidden costs for additional nests found on site, we’ll ensure your home is wasp or hornet free for the price quoted.