Your Rights: Take care when tackling wasps or call the experts – Birmingham Mail




Birmingham City Council’s pest control team is seeing an increasing number of telephone calls from people wanting it to tackle wasps nests.

Wasps are beneficial insects during the spring and early summer as workers collect insect larvae, reducing other garden insect pests.

However,
if they nest in the wrong place for us humans – and towards the end of the summer – they often become a nuisance when worker wasps start to indulge in their passion for sweet things. This may include sugary products, soft drinks and, in late autumn, wasps can often appear to be sluggish and aggressive if disturbed.

So
they are best left alone, as it is the ability of wasps to cause painful stings that concerns most people – and wasps can sting several times.

If the nest is in a place where it is causing a problem then we can deal with it. I am afraid it is not possible for us to offer a free wasp treatment service,
but our research last year showed our pest team to be the cheapest in Birmingham.

We also advise people on how to self-treat wasps and I want people to be able to
make an informed decision and choose whether they wish to treat a nest themselves or call for the experts.

Self-treating is not an option for everyone but it can help save quite a lot of money.

If
self-treating wasps, suitable insecticides can be bought from most DIY stores, garden centres and supermarkets for a few pounds. Check the label to see that it says the insecticide is suitable for wasps.

Wasp
nests should be treated early or late in the day, unless you have a full beekeeper’s suit. As the sun goes down you will get a few minutes of twilight when there is almost no activity or when wasp activity is at
its lowest.

Ensure your windows are shut and that you can retreat into your house. Find the entrance to the nest by observing where the wasps are entering and puff a
small amount of insecticide in and around the entrance. Returning workers will then carry the insecticide into the nest on their bodies, contaminating the nest. Leave the area quietly for a few hours or until next day. Don’t treat if it is raining or windy.

Remember, anyone allergic to wasp stings should not treat wasp nests.

Your Rights: Take care when tackling wasps or call the experts – Birmingham Mail
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