Wasps belong to the Hymenoptera (membrane winged) order of insects. They are social insects with a highly evolved caste system in which workers (sterile females) build the nests, raise young and forage for food under the direction of the queen.
The common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) is mostly beneficial, destroying many insect pests to feed the growth of the nest. In autumn, however, after the nest matures, redundant worker flying off in search of fruit and sugary food become a nuisance to humans.
A treatment service is available in respect of domestic property. Treatment will be in the form of an insecticide powder.
N.B. Domestic property does not include residential homes, or any accommodation used for commercial purposes, it does include gardens, sheds, outhouses etc.
•Treatment will be available within 2 working days of contacting the Council, or a later date if preferred. This response may have to be extended in busy periods.
•A call out fee will be charged which includes treatment of one wasp nest.
•N.B. Bees will not be treated as they are a protected species.
•If a bees’ nest is found, all attempts to move the nest will be made, either by a bee keeper (Honey bees) or by the Council (Bumble bees).
•Wasp nests close to garden ponds will not be treated because of the risk to fish.
•Any sensitive equipment/objects under the nest which might become contaminated with dust or spray must be removed.
A booking will not be accepted or treatment will be refused where the nest is inaccessible or unsafe to access without special equipment or where it is higher than the gutter level of a 2 storey house and it is only accessible from outside.
Terms - Residents should note that:
•Specific times for treatments cannot be given. Visits will normally be arranged for a morning or afternoon. Although all efforts will be made for treatment to be carried out on the appointed day, this cannot always be guaranteed.
•The Council reserves the right to refuse treatment.
•The Pest Control Officer will not carry out any building works of any nature to gain access to the nest.
•The nest itself will not be removed (wasps do not re-occupy old nests in following years).