Wasp And Bee Pest Control
Bees and wasps can become a major problem in the warmer months, building nests around your home and threatening your family’s safety. That’s why it’s important to call a bee and wasp pest control service if you find a nest on your property. These insects find protected areas such as wall cavities, eaves and roof spaces to build their nests. Both wasps and bees have the potential to attack in large numbers if their nests are disturbed. Most of the time, bee and wasp stings will just cause pain and swelling, but to those who are allergic, they can be life-threatening.
If you find a nest or have bees or wasps swarming, do not attempt to remove or treat them yourself. Call Rebel Pest Professionals immediately.
Wasps Vs. Bees
Although some people may confuse the two, wasps and bees are very different. Properly identifying the species is important for not only for pest control but also for treating stings.
Wasps have four wings, are long, narrow-waisted and have a smooth body. They are predators, eating other insects like caterpillars and flies and can sting multiple times without injuring themselves. Queen wasps build a paper-like nest made from wood pulp that house populations less than 10,000. Wasps hibernate during winter and build new nests in the spring.
Unlike wasps, bees are shorter, rounder and have hairy bodies and legs. They hang out around flowers, gathering pollen and sipping on nectar. Worker bees create and maintain sticky geometric hives that house populations of over 75,000. Bees can sting only once and die after attacking.
Types of Bees and Wasps
Bees and wasps can be dangerous pests if they nest on your property. They’re usually found in roof spaces, walls and under eaves. Here’s the most common species we treat.
Signs of a Hive or Nest On Your Property
A single wasp nest may contain up to 25,000 wasps, while a beehive can house up to 60,000! If you see a nest or hive, don’t approach it! Call in the pest experts. Both wasp and bee stings are painful, can cause allergic reactions and in serious cases, even death.
Watch their flight
Note where they’re going to and from. This will help lead you to their nests.
Wasps build new nests in spring. They are made of a papery substance and often found attached to a tree, spread out on the wall, in attics or roof voids.
Beehives are made of wax and contain dense honeycomb structures. They are usually seen on tree branches but can also be found in buildings like wasp nests.
Bee and Wasp Prevention
Remove food sources
Bees aren’t attracted to food but wasps are. They are carnivorous and when their usual food sources are scarce, they will turn to scavenging. So don’t leave any pet food outside all day and if you’re eating outside make sure to cover up your food and drinks.
Take out the rubbish
Empty the rubbish regularly, making sure to tie up the bin bags and close the lids on both inside and outside bins. Wasps and bees are both attracted to sweet things so rinse out soft drink cans, juice bottles and containers before recycling.
Seal up your house
Seal up cracks, especially around windows, skirting boards, floorboards, electrical outlets and pipes. Replace torn window and door screens and varnish wood surfaces to protect them.
How to Get Rid of Wasps and Bees
Our Wasp And Bee Pest Control Process
- A pre-work assessment will be carried out at the time of booking. We will ask you about your property and needs before recommending treatment options and providing instructions prior to our visit.
- A further assessment will be conducted on the day by our pest experts. If you know the location of a nest or hive, do not approach it, just direct our professionals to the location.
- Once we’ve located the hive or nest, we will be able to identify the species and determine the best treatment. We will also check the inside of your property to ensure there is no risk to your property or family.
- For bees, we first use using a freezing agent aerosol to kill any flying around the hive. We then inject an insecticide dust into the hive. The residual insecticide will exterminate any bees that return to the hive after the treatment. Both of these treatments will have an immediate impact, but for your own safety, we recommend staying clear of the area until the following morning.
- For wasps, we treat the nest with a liquid spray. If reachable we will knock it down.
- Our pest experts will inspect all of your property for any other nests. For your own safety, avoid the treated area until the following morning.
- Our pest expert will return the following day to check the treated area, remove any external nesting materials and block any visible flight holes. If damage has been done, we would advise you to seek further assistance from a builder to carry out repairs.