Get Rid Of Wasps

Wasp Nest Control in Bristol

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Get Rid Of Wasps Nests In Bristol Today!

Wasps are a much maligned, seasonal insect pest with a terrible sting and reputation. The question is – “how to get rid of wasps nests safely?”. In order to get rid of wasps quickly, you must consider exactly what you are up against. not all wasps are the same!

Wasps In Bristol

In Bristol, we have ten species of paper or social wasps. The most common species of social wasp is the Common Wasp (V. vulgaris), closely followed by the German or European Wasp (V. germanica).

Both wasps can produce nests with well over 10000 insects. Make no mistake; these wasps nests can kill. 

The largest wasps in and around Bristol are the European Hornet (V. crabro), Asian Hornet (V. velutina) and the Median Wasp (D. media).

Both Hornet species nest at height, but the European Hornet also nests at low-level in the base of trees. The median wasp is commonly found almost exclusively in shrubs and hedges. 

All three species are formidable and fast, but rarely attack humans in high enough numbers to cause massive injury.

The Asian Hornet is a new addition to the wasps found around Bristol but is still rare, but this could be misreported because they nest high up in the tree canopy where nests would rarely be seen or disturbed.

Despite their reputation, Asian Hornets are 20% smaller than our native European Hornet. Colony size is where things get interesting. European Hornets have a colony size of 600+ at maturity; the Asian Hornet has a colony size of 6000+ at maturity!

Wasp Control Methods

Let’s take a look at two methods that most people will be familiar with and let’s not consider fireworks, petrol, diesel or any other incendiary or explosive techniques we hear about in the news.

Wasp Control Sprays & Foams

Sprays and foams are super for dealing with nests that are relatively small. Don’t be fooled though, some small nests still contain a thousand or more wasps very capable of swarming you.

Wasp nest killer sprays and foams are best used in the evening when the nest is relatively dormant. Always plan your escape route, ensure there is nothing for you to trip over, prep the product so you can deliver it instantly as directed on the product label. 

The time to read the label and ponder your actions is not while you are stood over or under the nest. If they see you first, you will not outrun them. 

These products are used by amateurs, and stronger products exist for professional users. Confined spaces like attics and floor voids are not the places to go DIY. Getting caught out by a wasp nest in a confined space is very bad!

Wasp Control Dusts

Once again the advice above is the same for wasp nest killing powder found available for amateur users. Professionals in the UK use a product called Ficam D; we also wear £600.00 worth of safety kit, so don’t think we are brave. We are well trained, prepared and experienced.

Wasp control dusts are often delivered using a dusting device. The most common tool for this is called a DR5. The DR5 delivers the dust into voids and around the entrance to wasp and hornet’s nest under high pressure.

delivering a dust under pressure ensures a high delivery of product in just a few seconds, so we are only on site for 20-30 minutes.

What Happens After Applying Insecticide?

Once a dust, spray or foam is applied to a nest, it is common for wasps to swarm around the entrance in a frenzy.

What’s really happening is that returning wasps can no-longer identify the smell of the nest. As the wasps attempt to enter the area, they get coated in the dust or other product that attacks their nervous system, killing them within ten minutes of contact.

Most wasps fly off into the environment, dispersing and dying without anything on the ground below a nest to show control was ever carried out.

Sometimes dust does fall onto surfaces below and around a treated area, but only 1.25% is the active ingredient. We use the same active ingredient in a product called Ficam W for crawling insects like carpet beetles and bedbugs inside properties at 70%, so wasps are highly sensitive to the dust, which is very safe for humans, especially in an isolated exposure.

What Should You Do Following A Wasp Treatment?

Wasps should be left alone to disperse and die. Be mindful that wasps could be present on the floor, so footwear is recommended when venturing out, at least until you are sure it is safe. 

Safety of pets should also be considered at this time. Always inform the pest control operative that visits of any pets or persons that could be put at risk during or after a wasp treatment.

Bristol Wasp Control: 0117 303 5181