Deal with Wasps in the Spring

Now that the days are longer and summer is on the horizon, it is only natural that you will want to spend more time out in your garden. Indeed, there are few things more enjoyable than a lovely afternoon picnic, evening meal or all-day barbecue at this time of year. Sadly, it is an unwelcome fact that your enjoyment can all too often be marred by one of the most loathsome and intimidating pests around; no, not the neighbours – wasps.

Dealing with the odd worker wasp buzzing around your picnic is one thing; but, if you are unfortunate enough to have your home chosen as a site for a nest, that is a different prospect entirely.

Unwelcome Nests
It will be very obvious if you have a nest somewhere on your property as you will quickly notice an unusual amount of wasps harassing you whenever you go outside. And, if you keep an eye out, you will soon see a large number of wasps commuting at dawn and dusk, probably going under your roof eaves or behind fascias (wasps tend to like attics because they are warm and often remain undisturbed). They are also known to favour compost heaps, birdhouses, children’s playhouses, holes in trees and spaces under patios.

Dealing with an Unwanted Nest
If the nest is outside and easy to reach then you can use either Rentokil Wasp Nest Destroyer or Digrain Wasps & Hornets Nest Destroyer, both of which are powerful aerosol products which can be used from a safe distance. If the nest is in your loft space then you will need Rentokil Wasp Nest Killer Powder. This is a contact dust that can be applied to the nest entry point. The wasps will then take the insecticide back into the nest on their legs and wings, which will quickly destroy it. After treatment, it would be advisable to stay away from the site for a day. By this time the nest should be inactive and any larvae that are left will die off.

If the wasp nest is in your chimney then you may need to look into using a smoke bomb. If you are unsure how best to proceed then you should call in a professional pest control expert.

It should go without saying that a large nest of aggressive wasps is a formidable opponent so it is imperative that you are suitably prepared when you take them on. Indeed, you should not venture close to a wasp nest without wearing a bee veil, gloves and an overall, or having an escape route planned (if you are in an enclosed space).

One thing you will need to consider is bats. Bats are a protected species; so, if you have bats in your loft you will probably have to leave the wasp nest untreated in order to protect the bats.

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