Wasps have bright black and yellow markings and have fewer hairs on their bodies than bees who are darker in appearance
Wasps are more aggressive than bees and can sting multiple times. Wasps exist in colonies numbering up to several thousand with the majority of the colony made up of sterile female workers.
The following 3 images are of wasps.
n.b. At waspdestroyer.co.uk we do not treat bees as they are an endangered species and if left alone will not cause a threat. Please be sure not to mistake a bee infestation for wasps. If we are called out to treat for bees we will have to charge a call-out fee.
The following 3 images are of bees. We do not treat bees' nests.
The queens emerge from their old nests in spring and when precisely this happens is dependent upon the weather. Queens will then typically look to build their new nests in sheltered areas with easy access to the outside. Common areas for wasps to build nests are lofts, under tiles, eaves, wall cavities, sheds and outbuildings. Wasps make their nests from chewed pulp and saliva giving them 'paper mache' in appearance.
The nest starts off small in the spring (size of a golf ball) and as summer arises the nest size grows quickly to typically the size of a beach ball but can get much larger. Wasp activity dies off in the autumn but nest can still be active into October and November.
Signs of a wasps nest;
If you are experiencing high numbers of wasp in the house or garden their will probably be a nest nearby. Typically you will see wasp flying in and out of a hole (especially on warm sunny days) and later in the summer.
Before calling is, if you spot an additional nest, this can be treated at the same time saving you time and money.
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