Wasps and Bees
Important - Please
Signifcant calls we receive about wasps turn out to
be calls for bees. As bees are highly beneficial to the
environment, we do not provide treatment for these insects.
It is often difficult to distinguish between bees and wasps so
please read the information on this page before you contact us.
Please note where a visit has been
made, no refunds are possible.
Many people report sightings
of wasps (particularly in April/May) - which are actually bees
(honey bees, solitary bees or mortar bees). If the "wasps" are
going into holes in the brickwork you should look carefully to see
if they are going in or out of a single hole/ or investigating
Wasps will use a single hole but bees will investigate several. A
further test is whether the activity continues on cold overcast
days or just warm sunny days. Mortar bees will only be active on
If you see a large mass of
what appears to be wasps hanging in a tree, hedge or post about the
size of a football and they are small and uniformly brown, this
will be a swarm of bees. Only honeybees swarm. Bumble bees,
solitary bees and wasps do not. The swarm will move on often within
hours or otherwise within a few days.
At the end of the summer the
nest will be abandoned and will not be reused. Any remaining wasps
will die naturally.
If the nest is out of harms way, such as at the bottom of the
garden or high up in a tree or the eaves of the house then it may
be best to leave it alone as the wasps will die out in the
Differences between Bees and Wasps
Wasps are bright black and yellow with little or no hair. They
are typically 1-2 cm in length and do not swarm.
There are different types of bee but (apart from Bumble bees
which are furry with long hair) they are all usually smaller than
wasps and are furry with short hair. Honeybees will swarm in spring
How do we treat?
Wasp nests are not always
visible, therefore the Pest Control Officer will do everything they
can to remove the nest after treatment. With this in mind, it is
only usually possible in areas like sheds, garages etc where access
can be gained safely that we would remove the nest.
Quite often though, they are
located at height (around the facia boards/guttering area). We
don’t tamper with any building structure to locate the nest as this
is the responsibility of the home owner.
Treatment can consist of an
Aerosol and or Insecticidal Powder either directly into the nest or
where this is not possible (see above) around the entry points of
where the Wasps are going into.
Where treatment is needed at
height, poles are used to pump the powder into the point of entry
this eliminates any use of ladders. On rare occasions, Pest Control
Officers may not be able to treat due to for example Environmental
issues/safety or access. Where this is the case advice will be
given on the best course of action and where relevant a Private
Contractor could be called by the customer.
Arrange a pest control
Please note where
a visit has been made, no refunds are
Please Note – Even if
we cannot remove the nest this will not be reused in further years
by other wasps.