Wasp and hornets can strike fear in the heart of anybody – not just for their nasty sting, but also for those people who are allergic to their sting; anaphylaxis is a state of shock that the body can suffer as the result of a toxin being injected into it. The hard fact is, that many people will be unaware that they are allergic to wasp or hornet stings.
A nuisance too
However, not only are the nests and hives dangerous, they are also a nuisance, especially when you consider that wasps, in particular, can make their nests in the most inconvenient of places – the front porch, the garage, the garden shed… there is nothing worse than trying to dodge a hive of angry wasps as you make your way in and out of your home or business!
IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE A WASP OR HORNETS NEST ON YOUR PROPERTY, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HANDLE IT YOURSELF.
Hornets can be a real nuisance when they make their homes close to ours! They are probably as aggressive as wasps, but their sting will hurt a lot more! Hornets are slightly larger in size compared to our common wasp, with a larger head and, dependant on the species, can have reddish legs.
If you have a hornet’s nest close to your property, do not attempt to move it yourself as it can be a painful (if not fatal experience for some) to be stung by hornets. The risk of doing so can be fatal! Hornets will protect their nest very aggressively and can emit an attack pheromone which signals to the other hornets in and around the nest to attack and defend. One sting alone may be painful but unlikely to cause an individual too much harm, however multiple stings by one or more hornets can be fatal due to the toxicity of their venom.
The process to dealing with hornets is quick and painless for Devon Pest Control. Our professional approach means we can deal with them safely and efficiently by wearing protective clothing and using the most effective methods in the industry. We strongly recommended calling in Devon Pest Control to deal with a hornet problem as we are fully qualified and insured to make sure we leave you safely Hornet free!
However, wasps take a different kind of handling and the option here is to exterminate the nest, quickly with professional grade insecticide, only available for use by pest controllers.
Wasps have a lifespan that lasts from spring to early autumn and they will vacate their nest at some point in late summer, early autumn. Once they have left, they do not return hence, if you are confident that the nest is completely empty, you can remove it, not forgetting to marvel at the intricate nature of it.
However, wasps do have an unfortunate habit of making their nests in the most unusual and inconvenient of places, including in an unused bed in the spare room of a home in the summer, 2014; without disturbance or interference, the nest can swell to huge numbers.
When this happens, and you, your family and pets face a direct threat from being stung, then the only option is to call in the pest controller!
Wasps do not like to be disturbed and, if the workers feel the nest is under threat from human intrusion (as well as other interference from animals etc.), they will send out a signal to fellow workers to defend the nest. This is when worker wasps leave the nest, ready to attack and will sting, indiscriminately. They can deliver several stings per worker wasp, a painful experience for the recipient.
Not all wasps make nests that are visible; there are some wasps that are ‘loners’, making their summer nest in the soil, away from human habitation. Again, they can pose a problem should they sting, especially if they feel under attack but, if left alone, they tend to go about their business without intruding on ours.
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Wasps and hornets can be difficult insects to live with; the fear of being stung can make us nervous and distressed at having to share our homes and gardens with them.