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Monday, 22 June 2015

Wasp Nest Removal Kent

Wasp Control & Removal

The summer should be a delightful time, full of sunshine, fresh air and ice cream! However, the warmer summer months also bring a best that is hated and feared by many – the wasp.

Warning in nature

Nature is a marvellous thing; colours communicate to predators as a warning sign and the striped combination of yellow and black is the wasp’s way of telling everything, including humans, to stay away.
In most cases we do, but the wasp can encroach on our space and when that happens, it can become agitated and aggressive, stinging a poor unsuspecting person.

The problem with being stung

The wasp has an arrow like sting in its tail and when aggravated, it sits on the skin and delivers a nasty puncture wound and a sting full of venom. There can be two consequences:
·       Localised reaction – this is where at the site of the sting, the skin swells, is irritated and is red. It will remain this way until the sting is removed, and an antihistamine cream or medication taken. This is a short term reaction and is more itchy and sore, than painful
·       Anaphylaxis – this is a shock reaction to the venom, caused by the body being allergic to the venom in the sting. This is a life or death matter and, unless appropriate emergency treatment is sought, it can lead to death.

The life cycle of a wasp nest

In the cooler autumn months, a mated female will leave her old colony and look for somewhere safe and warm to hibernate over the cold winter months. In fact, you may come across one in your shed, garage etc.; they simply look like they have landed on the windowsill and look like they are asleep or dead!
Once the warmth of spring breaks through, she awakes from her slumber and starts the process of laying eggs, feeding the hatching young with the sugary substances gained from plans and flowers. The colony grows and, as it does so, the queen remains in situ, whilst the workers fly in and out collecting nectar to feed the young.
This process goes through this annual cycle, with the wasp being empty by autumn. In most cases, when it is obvious the wasps have vacated the nest, it can simply be taken down and its inner beauty admired.
HOWEVER, when wasps make their home in your home or perilously close to it, it is no fun for people and pets to run the gauntlet, in an attempt to out-run an aggressive wasp. There are also times when the wasp can release a hormone that tells the colony it is under attack, effectively calling on its friends to help in the ‘defence’.

Under no circumstances should you attempt to deal with a wasp nest. With all the knowledge and the protective equipment needed, a professional pest controller can deal with the nest quickly and easily.