- The common wasp can be extremely aggressive and swarm when threatened, making them terrifying pests. The larger hornet can sting and bite at the same time.
- It is dangerous to attempt to treat a wasp/hornet nest yourself. If you approach or interfere with the area, the insect will react angrily and swarm to defend the nest. They will also chase and attack any threat. Our technicians use specialised equipment to treat wasps/hornets and their nests, as well as wearing full protective clothing to avoid being stung.
- Though not usually dangerous, stings are very painful and a single wasp or hornet can sting you over and over again.
- Some people are allergic to stings and can experience anaphylactic shock, which can be life threatening.
- In Spring, the queen awakens from hibernation and begins to seek new nesting sites. These can be the eaves of buildings, attics, airbricks, sheds, roof spaces, cavity walls and trees, but they can also nest underground.
- The nest construction will reach its maximum size in September, when up to 20,000 workers may be present. If left untreated the nest can grow to the size of a person!
- Wasp or hornet nests are normally made up of chewed wood pulp mixed with saliva. The colour of a nest ranges from light grey to beige, and has a papery appearance.
- Also, at the end of the life cycle of the nest the queen produces 20 – 30 new queens which will in turn, hibernate and then start the cycle over again the next spring. This means the danger of multiple new nests near to the old one.
Do not take that chance, call Spearhead Pest Control today!
And remember, attempting to set fire to a nest, spray it with an aerosol or dislodge it will only anger them, and you will probably get stung!
If you think you have a wasp/hornet nest in or around your property, please call us right away.