How wasp nests are treated and destroyed Manchester Stockport
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How wasp nests are treated and destroyed Manchester Stockport Areas
There are three key problems a wasp infestation will pose:
1. An active wasp nest on your property.
2. Queen wasps waking from hibernation too early.
3. Sporadic, persistent nuisance wasps, despite no visible nest.
We will cover all scenarios here.
1. Active wasp’s nest on your property
If you have an infestation of wasps and have spotted a wasp nest on your property the safest and most efficient method is using a professional pest controller.
Wasps are extremely protective of their nests and will attack people and animals to defend it. Even walking near it is enough to trigger a defensive response, so removal of the nest is necessary for your safety.
Their stings are famously painful and can cause an allergic reaction as well as an infection.
They are predators, hunting for insects in dirty places that contain much bacteria. When they hunt they drag their sting through the dirt as they walk, which causes a bacterial build up in their venom sacks as they age. A sting from such a wasp not only releases its venom, but also bacteria deposits that can lead to infection.
We are often called out to help customers who have attempted to remove a nest on their own, and have become overwhelmed by their defensive response. DIY attempts are strongly advised against, as many of the commercial products are not effective in treating the problem. Choosing to remove a nest yourself can be dangerous and using a professional is the only way of guaranteeing the issue is resolved.
Commercial wasp traps are not enough to fully exterminate a wasp’s nest; skilled exterminators with proper tools are the most effective solution.
2. You have queen wasps in your house in winter
Changes in climate have meant more people are finding large queen wasps inside their homes during winter, when we usually expect to be insect free. When temperatures rise above 7°c for a sustained period, queen wasps will wake up, and seek domestic light sources. Lofts and attics are common homes for queen wasps waking up early from hibernation and they require a special fog machine for treatment. The machine disperses a liquid insecticide into the loft area as a very fine mist, effective in reaching all areas of the loft.
3. You need to get rid of wasps but cannot find the nest.
Don’t worry if you cannot find the nest! They can often be difficult to find and we can treat the immediate problem of wasp infestation.
From lemonade bottles cut in half to shop bought solutions, DIY wasp traps are regularly attempted by people who assume the problem is a simple fix.
With lots of wasps buzzing around them and caught inside, they can look like they are doing a good job.
But on closer inspection, all is not what it seems: most are alive, and more keep coming.
Wasp feeding behaviour
In reality, DIY wasp traps are extremely inefficient. They only kill a small percentage of a wasp colony, and do not prevent scout wasps from bringing more wasps to the tempting trap.
So what are scout wasps? Wasps use a simple tracking system to locate food. The nest sends out scout wasps in search of food, who then return to the nest when a source is found, to recruit other wasps for feeding. There is much competition between wasp colonies for food sources, meaning several groups of wasps can be fighting for the same prize. They will continue to feed on a given source of food until it is fully depleted before moving on.
With this in mind, DIY wasp traps kill very few wasps of the total local population. There may be lots of dead wasps in the trap, but compared to the number that fed on the trap, it is a small sacrifice. What this means is that homemade wasp traps are often counterproductive, merely attracting more wasps to the area, even if they kill a few.
Controlling the Wasp Problem.
As pest controllers, we are able to use behavioural patterns of the wasps to take control of the problem.
If a neighbour has a nest and isn’t dealing with the problem, then you need to deal with the wasps as they come. Without being able to destroy the nest we cannot kill all the wasps, but we can dictate where they feed.
A homemade wasp trap does not have the capacity to solve the problem as it would have to kill 3000 to 6000 wasps, attracting huge numbers of wasps in the process.
The solution is laying high efficiency wasp traps that catch every wasp that enters. Crucially, they will catch the scout wasps, thereby preventing further wasps from arriving. Without the scout’s ability to report back to the nest, there will be no wasp traffic on your property, as the wasps assume your home to be an empty store.
The key to making a trap is to prevent any escape. A classic method is cutting the top off a soda bottle and inverting the top into the lower half, making a funnel which traps the wasps. This is not that effective however, and a better technique requires drilling holes into a tube, which is then inserted into a detergent container. Having squeezed through the holes into the container, it is very hard for the wasps to get back out. Adding plenty of sugar to the bait will attract more wasps into the trap.
Due to lack of demand, we no longer provide wasp traps and always recommend having a nest treated professionally.
How Wasp Nests are destroyed
For professionals, wasp nest treatment is a simple process, albeit occasionally dangerous; wasps are perennially defensive and will always attack should they feel threatened.
Specialist controllers use professional grade insecticides as well as proper application equipment. Using these two in tandem, and understanding the nature of wasp infestations requires much training. The equipment and insecticides used are not available to the general public and cannot be found in hardware stores.
The most common insecticide uses is Dust, which is pumped into the nest, targeting the entry point. Nests can be found in a wall, under a roof tile or even in holes on lawns. As the wasps return to the nest they are covered in the dust, and carry it deep into the nest. As the effects of the Dust takes minutes to kick in, contaminated wasps disperse the insecticide around the nest, contaminating other wasps. As more wasps arrive, more of the substance is transmitted around the nest, eventually killing off the entire colony.
How long before a wasp nest dies after treatment?
When a nest is treated in this manner, most of the wasps will die within two hours. Individual wasps usually die within minutes of coming into contact with the dust.
The entire nest is usually destroyed by the end of the day, when all the wasps of the colony have returned. A few outlying wasps may remain, having been late or trapped elsewhere, but the insecticide remains in the nest, killing the last few when they return later.
Can a wasp nest be destroyed immediately?
On some occasions, a much faster removal of a wasp colony is required. Using a “quick knock down” insecticide, an aerosol type foam can be sprayed on the nest. These foam applications function much faster than the Ficam D dust, killing the wasps immediately, without the process of gradual dispersion through the nest. The drawback to this approach is that any wasps outside the nest will not die.
Professionals generally have a repertoire of nest removal methods, including smoke generators, but crucially they have the expertise to apply these methods.
DIY wasp nest removal
Should I treat a wasp nest myself?
Most people will be tempted to destroy a wasp’s nest themselves if discovered in their home, whether using DIY techniques or commercial products.
These products provide little directions for use, and people without experience will lack the key skills in effectively removing the nest. Having experience and the right tools for the job are the best weapons against wasp’s nests, and professionals provide these in abundance
We do not use sign written vehicles and will be discreet at all times when dealing with your pest problem. All pest control work is guaranteed, Treatments are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week including bank holidays. We will also advise on any pest proofing issues and how to avoid pest problems in the future. We all want what's best for our family and to protect our home. Apart from the danger to health, many pests can also cause extensive structural damage, as well as an offensive odour. Before you go down the DIY route, why not give us a call to see how we can help? You have nothing to lose! We all want what's best for our family and to protect our home. Apart from the danger to health, many pests can also cause extensive structural damage, as well as an offensive odour. Before you go down the DIY route, why not give us a call to see how we can help? You have nothing to lose!
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People and companies think they can treat the pest problem themselves, only to find that they make the infestation worse by purchasing products from DIY outlets with a poor percentage of insecticide. This may prove to be an expensive waste of time and money. How wasp nests are treated and destroyed Manchester Stockport How wasp nests are treated and destroyed Manchester Stockport & Pest Control provides an effective solution to your pest control problem with advice to prevent any infestation recurring.
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People and companies think they can treat the pest problem themselves, only to find that they make the infestation worse by purchasing products from DIY outlets with a poor percentage of insecticide. This may prove to be an expensive waste of time and money. Manchester Pest Control provides an effective solution to your pest control problem with advice to prevent any infestation recurring.
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