Following on from our article How Does Wasp Control Work which answered some of the ‘How?’ questions we frequently get asked at Top Dog Pest Control, here we answer some more of the questions our London customers ask us about wasps. People are surprisingly intrigued by this pest that terrorises summer…!
Can I Destroy a Wasp Nest Myself?
No. All you have to do is go to YouTube and watch videos of people failing miserably and painfully by trying to destroy a wasp nest themselves. If one wasp will happily sting you because you gave it a hard flick away from your picnic, what will a whole colony do when you are wielding a stick at their nest, spraying at it frantically or even worse…trying to set it on fire?! They will attack. In large numbers.
DIY wasp control products that are available to the public are rarely strong enough to completely kill off a nest. They may destroy part of the colony but that will leave a lot of angry wasps behind. Top Dog Pest Control uses industry-grade treatments that are not available to the general public but that destroy a nest quickly and safely.
Can I Block Up Access Holes to Kills the Wasps?
NO! Blocking up access holes in an attempt to kill off the wasps inside a nest is one of the worst things you can do. The wasps inside will become aggressive and find another way out. This often involves chewing through plasterboard and gaining access into the living space of your London property. The result is wasps swarming in your home, an emergency call out to a London pest control company and a high risk of people being hurt.
Does my Local Council Treat Wasps?
Some do, some don’t… that is simple answer to whether your local council treats wasp nests. Less and less councils are offering London pest control these days, and the ones that are will charge a fee and generally not be able to attend as a matter of emergency.
Top Dog Pest Control, however, operates a 24/7 rapid response, London-wide wasp control service and will be with you the very same day that you call.
Do Wasps Fly at Night?
Wasps are not known to sleep but also do not fly at night. Night-time is used for nest maintenance and looking after the younger wasps and larvae.
How Can I Tell if I have a Wasp or Bee Nest?
There are a few tell tale signs that will help you to determine whether you have a wasp or bees nest at your London property. One is the appearance, the other being the way they fly.
Bees are fluffier and more round-bodied than wasps. Wasps are smooth and have two parts to their bodies, connected by a very tiny waist.
Wasps make a very direct approach to a nest, flying in a straight line, whilst bees hover around the entrance much more.
For more ways to distinguish the difference between bees and wasps, read our article on How To Tell The Difference Between a Bee and a Wasp.
Author: This article was written by Dean Mannion, Senior Pest Control Technician for Top Dog Pest Control who provide London wasp treatments and services.