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Wasps and Bees

About Wasps and Bees

Bees and wasps include some of natures most vicious stingers. However, they are some of the most important pollinators of flowering plants, moving pollen between flowers. These insects have two pairs of wings. Tiny hooks link the wings in each pair, so they work together in flight. The females of many species have a stinger made from their pointed egg laying tube. They use the stinger for defence or to kill prey, and their bright yellow markings warn that they are dangerous. Some kinds of wasps and bees live in colonies ruled by a single egg-laying queen, but many live on their own. Most bees and wasps have a narrow waist, but wood wasps and sawflies have a chunkier body. They have a saw-like blade instead of a stinger, which they use for slicing into plants to lay their eggs.

Bees

At Acorn, WE LOVE BEES! And they are protected. We do everything we can to remove honey bees without harming them, this goes for Bumble bees too. However, if bumble bees are in an inaccessible area unfortunately they will need to be destroyed.

As for Honey bees, on the rare occasion and last resort honey bees may be exterminated, this is usually only when the areas are inaccessible and the bees pose a serious risk to health.

If you are in close proximity to the nest or swarm then you are likely to be seen as a threat and stings can be expected. We recommend bee nest removal as early as possible.

So when they decide to swarm or nest in your cavity walls, bushes and roof soffits it really is a good idea to call the professionals and have the bee nest removal carried out.

Swarm and Bee nest removal:

Swarms are physically removed and this will NOT harm the bees. We are then able to re-home the whole swarm.

Hive removal:

If bees have created their hive (the honey-comb nests) in your property, then this will need to be removed, failure to remove the nest can lead to much bigger problems. The honey bees creation is made up of sugars which attract all sorts of other pests, if this is left in a cavity ceiling for example, it will rot and ants, flies and other creatures will begin to cause you problems as they attempt to feed from the sugar source. The honey can also destroy plasterboard ceilings and cause damp problems. (This service is usually a lot more involved than a standard removal or extermination and therefore higher cost).

Extermination:

If bees are in an area that cannot be easily access for bee nest removal then we apply a highly effective eradication treatment to the entry points of the nest, this will be in the form of a powder or spray and will kill them off very quickly.

Wasps

They usually occupy holes in and around the home, garden sheds, holes in the ground, compost heaps and other little cracks and crevices.

Wasps are attracted to many types of food, they live on protein as well as sugars.

It is common to see them tucking into meat and pretty much anything they can get to. Therefore it is not just a case of removing the sweets from the picnic!

The best thing to do if you are being overwhelmed in the garden is to watch them for a while and find where they are coming from, then call in a professional exterminator such as Acorn Environment, who will safely and effectively remove the problem.

Will they just go away?

Wasps will continue to grow as the weather permits and the majority of the nest will die off with the coming of winter… BUT, at the end of the season, the queen of each surviving nest will produce between 8 & 20 new queens who will then go and build a new nest nearby.

This means that next year you problem is likely to be A LOT worse.

Secondly, a nest begins life the size of a small ball, approximately the size of a golf ball, after several months of growth the nest can get as big as several beach balls clumped together and it is not uncommon to see one bigger than a person.

At this point usually they will have to expand beyond the original cavity they are occupying, this means they will chew through plasterboard and wood in your property in order to expand. Structural damage caused by wasps can have serious consequences. We have seen it time and time again where ceilings collapse and nests break into the property.

If you would like to know more about our pest control services, including prices and availability, please get in touch.

 

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Wasps and Bee Prevention

Why Protect?

Wasps strings are painful and at worst fatal. Some individualsbe unaware that they are allergic but can suffer from severe reactions

How to protect?

Secure your home by keeping windows and doors closed. Standard fly screens can help stop wasps and bees getting in

Keep bin lids shut

Check for nests early. This should be completed each spring while the nests are small and easy to deal with

Ensure window are sealed

Prevention and the Law

Seal bins

Use wasp traps

Use peppermint oil

Contact us today if you wasps are not going away. Protect your family by reaching out to our pest control team for friendly advice, support and pest removal.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bees are often confused with wasps because they have a similar shaped body. However bees are vital for pollination to occur and should not be harmed.

Wasps have distinct yellow/black bands around the abdomen,

Bees have a more non-descript light brown/brown-yellow colour.

A nest will last for 4-6 months however during this time, the nest may change from active to inactive depending on the time of the year.

Killing one wasps will usually attract more. It is better to repel or ignore the wasp, rather than kill.

A queen can live as long as 12 months as she hibernates during the winter in order to establish a new colony the following spring/summer. It is thought that worker wasps live for around 12 – 22 days and male wasps have even shorter lives.

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