Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often contacted with questions and queries about wasps and bees. Hopefully, this page will be of use in that it can answer some of the more common questions. 

If your question is not listed below, please feel free to contact us or give us a call on 07976 357 190 to see if we can help with your wasps’ nest problem.

Have I got Bees or Wasps?

The identity of bees and wasps are often confused. In general, bees have hairy bodies and legs whilst wasps are smooth and brighter in colour (yellow and black). Bees tend to be more prevalent during the early part of the season (April, May) and then wasps start emerging in June onwards. There are numerous images of bees and wasps online for identification purpose but you can send us an image if you need further classification.

Does WASP DESTROYER offer a Bee treatment?

No, bees are pollinators and are beneficial to the environment. Bees left alone are not normally aggressive. If you still require a treatment for bees please contact a your local Council’s Environmental Team who can recommend a company

Have I got a Wasps nest?

As wasps generally build their nests in void areas they often cannot be seen.  If you see lots of wasps in the area and can see them flying into and out of a hole the chances are that you have a nest. The amount of activity will depend upon the weather (dry/warm weather more active ) and the stage of the wasp’s nests cycle. (July, August September being the core months). Wasps make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva, resulting in a papery appearance and can be present in sheds, lofts and garages. Active nests will have wasps on the outside and non-dormant nests in lofts can be identified by turning on the light and waiting to see if wasps are attracted to it.

Can I have a Wasps nest in a tree / bush?

The answer is yes, especially if you can see them flying in and out of a specific area. If the wasp are generally all over the bush/ tree chances are that they are just feeding and unfortunately  there is little we can offer in these circumstances

Are Wasps dangerous?

They can be. Wasps tend to be aggressive and the sting is painful. Some people will reactive badly to a sting.

What should I do if I am stung?

If you are stung wash the area with soap and water to remove as much as the venom as possible. Apply a cold pack to the wound to reduce the swelling and pain. If the sting causes a larger local reaction, the sting is very painful, you feel nauseous please seek medical advice.

Can I treat a wasps nest myself?

There are products on the market (foam, sprays, powder) which if applied correctly will work, they should be applied directly into the entry area or over the entire nest if it is visible. Please take care as once the wasps come in contact with the insecticide they become very aggressive so cover all areas of the skin including your face and wear light colours (preferably white) as wasps’ have poor vision results in them being attracted to dark colours.

Wasp Destroyer treatment cost?

The fixed cost for treatment  of a nest is £45 there are no additional charges to residential customers. When treating nests at business premisses VAT is added. If additional nests are pointed out to us during our visit the additional charge per nest is £10 (£10 + vat for businesses)

What areas does Wasp Destroyer cover?

We cover Loughton and surrounding areas for our service (Debden, Epping, Chigwell, Buckhurst Hill, Woodford, Chingford and Highams Park). By offering a local service only we can offer a very competitive rate with usually a service the same day or within 24 hours.

How do we treat Wasps nests?

We will carry out an assessment of the area and discuss how we will carry out the works before proceeding. If wasps are flying in and out of an area around the roof we will always try to treat the nest externally so we do not have to enter the property/loft. We will ensure all windows in the area are closed to eliminate wasps flying into the property after treatment. Once the nest/entry point to the nest is located we will spray a powdered insecticide onto/into the area using a DR5 hand pump powder duster. if the situation allows we will use a lance to allow us to treat the nest at a safe distance. Once completed we will then recommend the people stay out of the garden/area for the rest of the day

Is the treatment safe?

Yes we will adhere to the legislation outlined by the Control of Pesticide Regulations 1986.

Can the Wasps nest be removed?

Usually not. Often the nests cannot be seen and even in the cases where the nest are visible the insecticide will carry on working and killing the wasps and due to the vast numbers the removal of the nest is impractical.  Once treated and after the nest is dormant for an additional fee (£45) we can offer this service. Alternatively, we can advise you on how to do this safely.

How long will it be before we notice a reduction in activity around the nest?

Usually within an hour or two.

Is the wasp nest treatment guaranteed?

Yes, our works are fully guaranteed. If after 48 hours of the treatment  you can still see wasp flying in and out of the same hole we will return to retreat FREE OF CHARGE