PestWatch July - Wasps 

Starlings Nesting
WELCOME TO JULY... How did that happen?! 
As doors start to open and lockdown is easing, we will all be venturing out further afield so what should we be looking out for in the world of PESTS? It can only be Wasps! Yes, the yellow and black flying assassins that seem to appear from nowhere every time you sit down to enjoy time in the garden. 

July is the month for Wasps and they have a sting in their tail! 

We started to get calls for wasps towards the end of last month including one from a DIY pest controller that thought to block the wasp's entry and exit hole up was the way to go, this, of course, is not the case and could have caused the wasps to chew through the plasterboard and into what would have been the bedroom, that would have not been a nice wake-up call. 
Luckily Apc was on site within 2 hours of the call to help the homeowner, Wasps are not a pest you want to upset and one best left to the professionals. 

How to prevent wasps 

6 ways to prevent Wasps: 
1. Put up a trap – Wasp traps correctly placed can be very effective in keeping wasps at bay 
2. Light a candle – to keep wasps and many other insects away use citronella candles when eating outside. 
3. Install – Insect mesh over any air bricks and vents to prevent wasps from entering 
4. Plant Herbs - Wasps do not like aromatic scents; specifically from mint, thyme, and eucalyptus. Planting herbs outside can help to repel pest wasps. 
5. Check for Nests – in your home, garage and sheds in early spring for nests, early on they will be the size of a golf ball - early small nests have fewer wasps and are easier to treat quickly. 
6. Stop the Queen – building a nest next year by looking for golf ball size winter overstays in the loft towards the end of October, having these removed will prevent a nest being built in the following spring. 
Starlings in the loft

Wasp Facts: 

Wasps are sociable insects (just not to humans), living in colonies of up to 10,000 workers. They build their paper nests in sheds, lofts, garages, disused animal burrows and just about anywhere in between. 
Fact File: 
1. When a wasp stings or is killed the ‘smell’ of its venom causes other wasps to become more aggressive and home in on the area. 
2. To make a nest, wasps chew wood from fences and sheds this is chewed into a paste-like pulp mixed with their saliva. The pulp is then formed into hexagon-shaped paper cells, the Queen will then lay an egg into each cell. 
3. Wasp nests can hold up to 10 thousand individuals at the peak of summer, however, nests of such size are uncommon.  
The average nest holds between 3000 - 6000 
4. A female wasp can sting several times unlike a bee which can only sting once 
What happened in June? 
Ants and Pigeons were the stars of the show last month, with pigeons continuing to be a problem into this month mainly under Solar Panels. 
How many can you see on this roof? We counted 24! 
If you have any pest problems and need our help then we can help even during the lockdown as we are now officially a key service 
Call Area Pest Control on 0333 200 1622 Prefer to send an email, 
Look out for August's edition of PestWatch with more useful guidance on what to look out for. 
Stay Safe 
Dan – The Pest Man 
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