Tackling A Wasp Nest in Moulton
It has been a busy couple of weeks at iX5 Pest Control. Thankfully when it came to tackling a wasp nest in Moulton, Northampton it was really very simple.
The nest (pictured above) was located in a tree near the back door, so the homeowner, understandably was most keen to have it removed. Wasp nests like this one can house on average 600 to 800 wasps but it can be as high as 1500! I have to say I do admire the architecture these insects create. There is a beautiful symmetry to the nest. Unfortunately, they chose the wrong place to set up home in this instance.
Matt assessed the situation and selected the most effective treatment, in this case freezing the nest with a non-toxic freeze spray. As you can imagine, this had an immediate effect on the wasps and larvae in the nest. Once frozen, Matt cut the nest from the tree and removed it for disposal. Any returning forager wasps will gradually move on when they find the nest is no longer present.
Wasp Nest Treatments
Whenever we deal with a wasp nest, we determine the best treatment and take into consideration the location of the nest, the time of the day, the surroundings, the wishes of the customer and a few other factors. In this case the right treatment method was to freeze the nest, Other treatments include use of insecticide powders, foam, liquid or aerosol spray, or a non-toxic organic powder. Balancing all the factors and selecting the right treatment can make all the difference.
How to Spot a Wasp Nest
Wasp nests look a lot like they are made of cardboard, this is because wasps make their nests by chewing wood and mixing it with saliva to create the paper-like structure. Inside they create a structure very similar to honey bees (although not made of wax) for the queen to lay eggs and larvae to grow. Wasps don’t always select trees to build their nest, they also like wall cavities, garages, sheds, bushes, and compost heaps, as well as cracks. Modern houses have ventilation bricks and weep holes and these are an ideal sheltered location. If you see an increase in the number of wasps around, then there is a good chance you have a nest nearby.
Wasp Nest Removal
We would not advise members of the public to tackle a wasp nest themselves (especially if you are allergic to the sting) as wasps can become aggressive with activity near their nest. Our specialists wear protective clothing, have all the right equipment are well versed in recognising the safest and most effective treatment for the circumstances. If you have a wasp nest then call iX5 Pest Control on 01604 328545 or email [email protected]