Wasp season is here – understand how to prevent an invasion
Wasps are disruptive, and even more hazardous if they are nesting on site.
The summer is finally here and wasp season is coming into full swing – there can be more than 10,000 wasps living in a nest in August. The insects are most aggressive at this time of the year if disturbed due to a shift in their diet pattern and breakdown of the colony. Wasps turn to human food and sugary drinks for an easy meal making al freso diners and in-house kitchens key targets.
Wasps are highly defensive and can repeatedly sting if they feel threatened, which can trigger a life-threatening allergic reaction in susceptible people. To add to the danger of wasps, the venom from their sting releases a distress pheromone alerting the rest of the colony. This increases your chances, and those nearby, being caught out by the flying stingers.
Signs of a wasp nest
If there are a significant number of wasps constantly flying back and forth on site there may be a wasp nest. It is unmistakable to see and also hear the traffic of buzzing wasps flying to the entrance of the nest. Another tell-tale sign of a wasp nest are thin ‘white tramlines’ on wooden garden furniture. Wasps strip the wood from fence panels and sheds to use as construction material for their paper nest. Frequently nests are found in roof spaces, cavity walls, eaves and outhouses. These are often at height and difficult to reach. However be cautious if you notice wasps disappear from view under a building or in the grass as the insects also nest in the ground.
We do not recommend tackling the issue yourself or attempting to remove the nest – wasps attack in large numbers. Our highly skilled operatives use approved methods to quickly deal with any wasp nest. Book our wasp nest treatment service to safely solve your problem.
Tips to prevent wasps
If you are concerned or experiencing an issue with the stinging insects follow our tips to effectively manage wasp activity and prevent them from invading your business.
Keep clean: Wasps are highly attracted to human food and rubbish this time of year. Maintain high levels of hygiene and cleanliness on site, especially throughout your food and drink premises. All dining surfaces should be meticulously clean with no residues, and food items should not be exposed. In addition, ensure your waste bins and collection points are not overflowing, and there are no signs of wear and tear on bins.
Maintain buildings: The most common ways wasps, and other nuisance pests, gain entry inside buildings are via cracks and deteriorating patches. Ensure any openings on the roof or walls of buildings are sealed up, or insect meshing is in place where appropriate.
Install equipment: The smell of food tempts wasps inside buildings.Look into installing screens on windows and doors to stop wasps entering, while allowing your outdoor access points to be kept opened when needed.
Invest in wasp deterrents: Consider purchasing an outdoor wasp trap to keep your customers safe when dining outdoors. There are a variety of wasp traps available to catch and kill the insects.
If you have persistent wasp activity on site, our teams of experts can help you with an integrated wasp management programme. Don’t live in panic, get in touch today on 0333 567 2020.