Wasps are known for their nasty stings and seemingly unprovoked attacks.
In reality, wasps will usually only attack a person if they feel threatened. The problem is a social wasp in distress emits a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy.
In Belfast you’re most likely to come across (Vespula vulgaris) and German Wasps (Vespula germanica). Both species are yellow and black striped, and have painful stings that can cause allergic reactions.
Wasps are likely to make their nests in sheltered spots. You’re likely to find wasps’ nests:
In wall cavies
In your shed or garage
In early Spring, you might encounter a wasps’ nest the size of a golf ball. This would suggest it contains only the solitary queen wasp and maybe a few workers.
As the Summer goes on, a wasps’ nest can contain thousands of wasps and easily get to the size of a football , if left to grow.
Preventing wasps and their nests
Prevention is always better than cure. There’s things you can do to stop wasps invading your home or business.
Windows and doors
Simply keeping your home secure will stop wasps wandering into the house. Standard fly screens can help stop wasps getting in, while remaining cool in the hotter months.
Keep your bins shut
Open bins will attract greedy wasps looking for a cheap, sweet meal. Keep you bins away from the house and make sure the lid is on properly.
Professional wasp control with Fly Tech
To keep yourself and your family safe, we’d always recommend the use of a professional pest controller.
A professional Belfast pest controller has the technical knowledge and access to a range of professional use insecticides which are not available to the public.
Fly tech pest control also have the appropriate protective equipment to avoid getting a nasty sting