Wasps

Bradford Council offers a wasp control service at a cost of £56.40 (includes £9.40 VAT).

If no active wasp infestation is found then the call out charge of £30 + VAT (£36) will be charged. Wasp nests will not be removed.

Why are wasps a pest?

Wasps are not considered a public health risk but can present a nuisance when in or around the home or garden.

Wasps like other insects are beneficial to the environment as they eat other insect pests.

Unless the location of the nest is causing a problem treatment should be avoided.

Wasps sting and pose a hazard if their nests are disturbed. Elderly people and those who suffer anaphylactic (severe allergic) shock are especially vulnerable.

Treatment should be sought when the wasps pose a risk.

Signs

Wasps can often be confused with other types of winged insects. A true wasp is buttercup yellow with jet black stripes.

Queen wasps sleep over winter in safe locations like wood piles and roof spaces. They emerge from April onwards and seek for a suitable place to build a new nest.

Signs of a nest include:

  • Lots of wasps coming and going from a single location
  • Wasps on the outside of the nest
  • Wet patches on walls or ceilings if a nest is in your loft or wall cavity
  • A dull buzzing noise
  • A grey ball shaped nest ranging from the size of a golf ball to a car tyre

Wasps build a new nest every year and never return to an old nest. Old nests remain but never become active again. It is not necessary to remove old or treated nests.

Prevention

Keep potential wasp food, for example, bagged rubbish and bins, away from your house. 
If you are planning a barbeque or outdoor party, install wasp traps beforehand.
Inspect your loft periodically throughout summer to check for any new nests (especially where there is a history of wasps nests).

Control methods

Self treatment

Insecticide (dusts and aerosols) can be bought from supermarkets and most garden centres. Care should be taken when using them inside the home and outdoors.

For health and safety reasons, Bradford Council recommends that you do not treat nests which are above head height yourself. However, you can treat nests which are easily accessible and below head height.

Do

  • Read the insecticide instructions before use
  • Observe the nest and note the point which the wasps enter and leave
  • Treat the nest at twilight when there will be be less activity and most of the wasps will be in the nest
  • Blow or spray the insecticide (dependent on what type of insecticide) into the entry point of the nest
  • Make your neighbours aware of the treatment so they can avoid the nest area for 24 hours
  • Wash away any insecticide spillages when safe to do so

Don't

  • Use a torch as wasps will be attracted to the beam

Please note: you may be stung whilst attempting to treat a wasps nest without the correct protective clothing.

If you have a wasp nest above head height, in a difficult area or you would just prefer to hire professional help, please contact the Pest Control Service.

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Contact details

Environmental Health
Britannia House
Bradford
BD1 1HX

Phone : 01274 433926

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