Wasp Nest Removal and Bee Control
Pest-Tech Ltd offer services to deal with all your Wasp, Bee and Hornet nest infestations. We will always do our best to get to you as soon as possible as we are aware the distress they can cause you, your family or work force.
Pest-Tech Ltd can deal with all the usual problems such as wasp nest removal from the loft, shed or in the ground. Bumble bees in the loft and bee swarm removal. Whatever the problem then get in touch.
Bees are becoming endangered and to that end we will always try to re-home a bees nest if it needs to be moved. We have an arrangement with several local bee lovers that allow us to release bees on their land as it helps nature to take its course.
To help with identification of your problem the following information is designed to assist you.
Pest-Tech Ltd would always recommend using a professional pest controller if you need to eradicate wasps or have a wasp nest on your property rather than trying to deal with a wasp nest yourself. The easiest and safest option is to have it treated by a professional. A wasp nest may seem calm when you look at it from a distance but Wasps are naturally defensive of their nests and the mood of the nest can change very quickly. They will sting anyone or anything passing near to the nest so if you have a wasp nest close to your home or in your garden you should consider having it treated to avoid the risk of being stung. If you try to do this yourself and do not have the correct protective equipment, the skill and knowledge on how to eradicate the nest properly you may be putting yourself and others at risk. Wasp stings are painful and potentially dangerous if a person is allergic to the sting, triggering a allergic reaction.
The wasp nest is a fascinating piece of engineering constructed from chewed wood which the wasps strip from fence panels and garden sheds etc. The queen wasp starts building the nest from scratch in the spring after she emerges from winter hibernation. The Queen wasp will start to gather old dead wood from the local area and builds a petiole which is a single stalk from which the nest hangs and a single hexagonal shaped cell at the end of the petiole, then approximately six more cells are formed around the center one.
The Queen will lay eggs in each cell as it is being constructed. Once these eggs have hatched out and gone through developmental stages and pupated into adult wasps, these new worker wasps take over nest construction and leave the queen solely to lay eggs and control the nest. From this point on this is her primary function.
As the nest progresses and the worker wasps have hatched, they take over nest material collection duties. The workers take wood material back to the nest and hand it over to young wasp larvae which turn this chewed wood into a paste that the adult workers then use to continue expanding the nest. The paste used to construct the nest contains a quantity of wax, which helps with waterproofing. Wasps build a new nest each year and do not use an already constructed nest, however you do sometimes find a new nest constructed next to an old previously used nest.
Wasp nests grow at varying rates depending on a variety of factors. The first being the availability of food and in the early summer this is a big factor in the growth of a wasp nest. If there is a shortage of food in, the numbers of individual wasps will not be as high. Availability of nest material is also important, as wasps need the wood to construct their nest.
Some wasp nests are extremely aggressive; it all depends on the queen. She determines the “mood” of the nest, she does this by emitting a pheromone throughout the nest that signals to the workers that the nest is in danger or everything is ok.
Wasps only swarm around the nest location when the nest is tampered with or under attack, such as when a nest is treated. Wasps do swarm when feeding, but this will not be in the area of the nest and not in the same fashion as honey bees. When foraging scout wasps find a source of food, they return to the nest to communicate the location of the new food source. In late summer/autumn when wasps no longer have food supply in the nest, they can become a problem as they interact and compete with humans for sugary type foods, pub gardens are a good example.
Once a wasp nest has had a period of growth you will be able to easily identify an active wasp nest by watching the nest from a safe distance. A live nest will have wasps walking over the waxy outer of the nest and you will be able to see them. You also maybe able to see the wasp’s flight pattern, seeing them arrive and leave the nest, indicating an active or live nest.
Wasps do serve a purpose in life, in summer wasps pollinate flowers and plants as they feed on the nectar the same as bees. Wasps are also predatory insects and spend a lot of their time hunting and catching smaller insects to feed to their larvae or wasp grubs. The wasps insect prey is killed and chewed up and taken back to the nest, they are then fed to the young wasp larvae which turn the exoskeletons (chitin) of these prey insects into a sugary solution which they feed back to the adult wasps.
Wasps will build their nests in almost any location, amongst their favorite places are lofts, sheds, old rabbit burrows in the ground, inside air bricks, cavity walls, chimneys and just about anywhere that is dry and undisturbed. They will also use natural voids such as rotton tree trunks and holes found in the earth. They will also construct them in the open, on bushes, hedges and trees.
The main types of wasp found in the UK are the English (common) wasp, Vespula Vulgaris and the German Wasp (European) wasp, Vespula Germanica.
There are several species of bee living around us here in Maidstone and the towns of Kent, which you might see when out and about. To give you an idea of the various types there is the Honey Bee, Bumble Bee, Mining Bee and Mason bee (Masonry Bee).
Some bees are completely harmless, as they don’t have a sting; the two main species that do sting are the honey bee and the bumble bee. Bees that sting can be dangerous to people that have an allergic reaction to a sting but also to anyone that receives several at the same time.
In general when you come across a bee when out they are quite placid and this is fine, however if you have a situation where you have to deal with a swarm or a nest that has formed in the loft for example then this is where you have to be careful. Pest-Tech Ltd would always recommend you call a professional in to deal with them in this situation, as you do not know what the temperament of the colony is like.
It is always helpful to identify the type of bee when calling our pest control services to ensure we have the correct equipment to deal with the situation.
Bumble bees are black, round and very fluffy. There are several different species of bumble bees which include the White tail bumble bee, Tree bumble bee and the Garden bumble bee all of which vary in size. There are on average 50 to 100 bumble bees in a colony which is quite small in comparison to honey bees. Pest-Tech Ltd has dealt with many bumble bee nests and you find them in the strangest of places. The most common place to find a bumble bee’s nest in a urban environment is in the loft space, using the insulation to house the nest. They are crawlers so the nest can be up to 2 meters from the entrance point. You will know you have them, as you will often see the males circling the entrance trying to attract the females.
Other common places to find bumble bee nests are bird boxes and in cavity walls. It only needs a small entrance hole this can be something as simple as an old overflow pipe hole. Bumble Bees can sting if provoked, but generally they good-natured and if left alone they will go about their business and will not interfere.
Honey bees although similar looking to wasps in appearance and size, are usually much darker in colour and have a fluffy body (Thorax). Dependent on the size of a nest a small colony could have a couple of thousand bees however a large thriving nest can hold up to 50,000 bees. Honey bees collect pollen which is visible on the bee’s hind legs as they return to the nest. Honey bees also collect nectar which they store and turn into honey. They make and store a surplus of honey which they use over the winter months. Problems occur when honey bees decide to swarm, they may decide to take up residence in your home or garden. Pest-Tech Ltd has removed many swarms from properties in and around Maidstone, all of which have been re-homed out in the countryside. When honey bees swarm they are looking for a new place to nest. The original colony has become too large for the existing nest so they split in half and swarm. If this occurs on your property it is recommended that you call in a professional to deal with the bees. They can then be re-homed in a safe environment so they can build a new home.
When a swarm is grouped they send out scout bees in search for a place to nest. When a swarm first arrives it will be disordered with thousands of bees flying about in all directions. They will settle down and cluster together fairly quickly before entering their new home. If the space for the new home is not big enough the swarm will leave in search of a new nest else where.
A common home for honey bees to nest is a chimney. Most chimneys are not in use in swarming season, which is the summer and bees will take advantage of this. The first signs you will notice that a swarm is in your chimney are buzzing noises coming from the fireplace and a lot of bees falling down the chimney. Honey bees also nest in cavity walls of buildings like bumble bees soonce again, every now and again take a quick walk round your property to ensure you have no obvious holes that may cause you problems from nesting bees. If you are unfortunate enough to have a swarm of bees in a cavity wall or you need to get a nest of bees moved from a difficult location then Pest-Tech Ltd will be happy to assist, ensuring everything will be done correctly.
Hornets are classed as wasps, they are bigger than your average wasp (an inch or more in length) and they tend to have a more red colouring. Like wasps they hunt insects to survive, in fact they will attack a wasp nest to get the wasp larvae but to do this they have to kill the adult wasps. They raid the nest and take the wasp larvae back to the nest as a food source for their young. Hornets are also known to attack honey bee hives for the same reason but honey bees can survive greater temperatures so if under attack the honey bees will swarm the attacking hornet and then raise their body heat which then kills the hornet.
People fear the Hornet more than wasps due to their size. They are perceived as being much more aggressive than other wasp species but this is not necessarily true. Hornets will defend their nest in an aggressive manner but this is no different to the wasp. The hornet nest, although large in size, doesn’t hold as many, normally around three hundred. Like wasp nests, they are made from the same material and in the same way.