Wasps

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How to Get Rid of Wasps

Although often confused with bees, wasps are different because they don't lose their stingers when they attack a perceived threat. That means that the victim can be stung over and over again. They are also generally much more aggressive in defending their nests than bees, which can lead to a lot of painful stings for anyone who stumbles across a nest. It can also lead to serious health concerns for those who are allergic to insect stings.

The best way to deal with a wasp's nest on your property to is to avoid it and call in the professionals. Rentokil Steritech technicians are trained to handle wasp's nests using the latest methods, tools and safety equipment to avoid stings and other risks. We can safely remove nests and offer ways to prevent further infestations.

The first step is to call in the pros at Rentokil Steritech by calling 1-800-837-5520 or using our online contact form.

Wasp and Hornet Treatments

Summertime is the prime wasp and hornet season and the time when you are most likely to find a nest on your property. By the time the nest matures and reaches a stage where you can see it easily, the number of wasps inside could be quite large, bringing about an increased risk of swarming.

Rentokil Steritech's Treatment Process

  • We will start by doing an inspection and find where the nest is located. Some wasps will make a nest under eaves and places where it can be seen. Sometimes wasps and hornets make nests underground.

  • Rentokil Steritech technicians wear protective clothing to prevent stings. Our technicians will also make sure that you, your family and neighbors are aware of the removal and that everyone is safe before commencing with the nest removal.

  • We have a variety of treatments we can use to eliminate the wasps in their nest including dusts, aerosols and liquids and our technician will determine which one will work best for your situation.

  • We will remove the wasps and then get rid of the nest itself. Some species of wasps will re-use abandoned nests and create a second infestation.

Benefits of Professional Treatment

Many wasps including yellow jackets frequently construct their nests below ground, making it difficult to treat. Sometimes nests are below concrete slabs or piles of rock or vegetation.

It can be difficult to treat the nest in these instances and activity will continue despite your repeated attempts at control.

  • Our qualified technicians have the expertise to identify the specific species.

  • All technicians have special protective gear to keep safe during treatment.

  • All treatments are customized to ensure effective control of the wasp or hornet nest, based on its location.

  • We offer expert advice to help prevent wasps/wasp nests in the future.

  • For peace of mind, we can return to remove the nest from your property if needed to allow complete treatment of the whole wasp colony. However, removing a nest may not be possible if it's within a cavity wall or similar enclosed location.

DIY Wasp Nest Removal

The best way to remove a wasp's nest is to call in a professional, but if you feel that you want to try on your own, be sure to adhere to the following steps:

  • Treat at night - wasps tend to be less aggressive and less likely to attack when it's night. Wasps will attack and swarm if they see any sign of light, so try not to use flashlights or they might be provoked.
  • Wear protective clothing - cover up as much exposed skin as you can. When provoked, wasps will exit their nest in a large swarm and repeatedly attack whatever is threatening them. Each wasp can sting someone multiple times, too.
  • Do Not Attempt if - you are allergic to wasp stings or if the wasp's nest is inside the house or anywhere that you don't have easy access.
  • Ladders - never use a ladder to get to a wasp's nest unless you are completely covered in wasp-proof clothing, including your entire head. If the wasp's swarm and you are on a ladder, you could fall once stung.

Stinging insect swarms are dangerous - if in doubt get professional help.

Avoid a Wasp Infestation

Wasp nest treatment is critical if you want to get rid of wasps buzzing around your home and to reduce the risk of painful wasp stings.

Contact Rentokil Steritech free at 1-800-837-5520 or use our online contact form for further information on how to get rid of wasps (yellow jackets) and hornets or to arrange for a visit by a Technician.