What you need to know about Wasps.

Have you ever been stung by a wasp? If you have, it is more than likely that the culprit was a common wasp. This wasp is the most popular species throughout the UK. They build their nests mainly in wall cavities and lofts, as they are indoors with easy access to the outside.

Almost the entire nest will die in the winter, with only a handful of young queens surviving to restart the colony in the spring. The queens then lay their eggs in their nests, which will then develop into non-reproductive workers. These workers will eventually primarily take care of the nest, whilst the queens main purpose becomes laying eggs.

They can be identified by looking at their thoracic regions. They are approximately 2cm long with bright yellow and black bands along the body. They have a distinctive ‘waist’ between the thorax and abdomen. They also have two pairs of wings and a long antenna. The sting is located at the tip of the abdomen.

If the wasps nest is in sight, we would recommend using the Digrain Wasps and Hornets’ Nest Destroyer. This is a powerful aerosol product that will allow you to spray the nest but at a safe distance. If the nest isn’t in sight, but you are able to see where the wasps are going in and out, we would recommend using the Rentokil Wasp Nest Killer Powder. Apply this to the entrance of the nest, and the wasps will pick up the powder on their legs and wings which will rapidly destroy the nest. Both products contain the chemical permethrin, which is an effective wasps nest killer. It kills wasps on contact and destroys the nest once taken in.  You can purchase both of these items on our website www.pestcontrolsupermarket, or you can give us a call on 0114 2482407 and one of our friendly advisers will be pleased to take your order!

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