Wasp and Bee Control Birmingham
What Do Wasps Do?
The age old question, but one we frequently find ourselves asking time, and time again. The hell do these cretins do apart from upset my summer garden parties and cause me unnecessary cardio exercise? Many people are unaware of the role wasps have in society. In fact, the majority of people see wasps as a pest and only a pest! Although wasps are known as pests, it’s important to know what it is they do and what makes them such a nuisance.
Here are just a few of the things wasps do:
- They eat flies, aphids, caterpillars and other invertebrates, making them an important insect – specifically a controlling predator.
- Wasps are amazing architects, building almost perfect hexagonal paper nests from bits of chewed up wood.
- Wasps are important pollinators – not as good as bees but still important!
- Wasp nests provide a home for some of our most beautiful, pollinating hoverflies.
Wasp Nest Removal – What To Do If You Find A Nest
If you were not already aware, removing a wasps nest can be extremely dangerous, especially if you do not have the right equipment or understand the correct removal process.
Wasps are incredibly protective over their hives, and will attack if they feel their food or the queen is being threatened. This usually ends up with them stinging you in order to defend their nest and young.
Removing the nest isn’t the only effective solution, here at DSI we also offer to use a special treatment on the nest. This makes the colony slowly die off without anyone having to be directly involved.
If you do discover a wasp nest in the heights of summer, it is strongly advised that you contact DSI in order to safely and effectively resolve the matter. Unless you’re trained in wasp removal, it would be dangerous to tackle this yourself. Wasp nests in the height of summer can carry thousands of wasps and disturbing them would not be wise.
If, however, you are confident in removing a wasps nest, here are a few points you should be following:
- Use soap sprays on the nest
- Putting up fake nests
- Grow plant-deterring wasps
- Home-mad glass wasp traps
- Block off entrances & exits of underground nests
- Avoid open soft drinks
Unlike wasps, bees are less aggressive, less invasive and pollinate plants at a higher rate. Bees are also under serious threat of extinction, with the loss of honeybee hives in the US worth around 2 billion dollars. Similarly, honey bees’ numbers have dropped again in the UK over the winter, by some 17%. This makes it no less worrying for people when you do discover one.
Here at DSI, we aim to remove bees in the most humane way possible in order to preserve their colonies.
Finding a bees nest in your garden, home or commercial property can seem daunting. Like wasps, they are very protective over the hive and will die trying to protect it. For this reason, we strongly recommend letting us remove your bees nest, as if you attempt to remove it without the proper knowledge or training, you could end up seriously injuring yourself. If you’d like to know more about how to effectively deal with bees nests, please do not hesitate to get in touch via out contact form.
Why We Respect The Honey Bee
Albert Einstein supposedly quoted “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
Whether these are his exact words or not, it does highlight the import role the honey bee plays in our environment. Honeybees contribute an estimated £200m annually to the UK agricultural economy by pollinating a wide range of crops and fruits. They also help to pollinate fruits and nuts that wild birds and animals feed on, without which the food chain would collapse.
For more information on the safe, fast and effective removal of bees nest and our policies on doing so please contact AMES environmental services on 0800 197 1650.
What to do when you encounter a bees nest
Coming across a bees nest in summer is not uncommon. They usually make their nests in decking, walls, holes in sheds/garages/walls or anywhere that the believes believe to be safe and far from predators.
Additionally, the honey that bees store deep in wall cavities can rot and cause structural issues as time goes on. This can also leave unpleasant odours in the property. Similarly, leaving a nest to thrive will attract other pests such as ants, beetles and wasps, especially if the nest is located underground. If this is the case, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our friendly team members via our contact form.
As well as the risk of getting stung, honey stored deep in wall cavities can rot and cause structural problems over a period of time as well as unpleasant odours in the home. A nest which has not been removed correctly can attract other pests such as ants, beetles and other bees. The removal or treatment is a skilled process, particularly if bees are underground or wild bees nests are in difficult to reach locations.
How We Rid Your Property Of A Bees Nest Humanely
DSI have been undertaking pest control services for a number of years. Our experienced staff are perfectly capable of handling any bees nest problem, no matter how big or small!
We respect the lives of bees and all the good they do for our planet! So, if you’re looking for an effective, safe and humane way of disposing of your bees nest, why not get in touch today via our contact form?
Bee removal methods we use
We use swarm boxes to relocate bees to a bee keeper’s hive without causing harm to the bees. Depending on where the nest is located, certain procedures may have to be put in place to ensure safe retrieval. However, the likelihood of successful relocation depends on whether we’re able to locate the queen of the nest – more often than not, we do!
We only ever use pesticide treatments on bees nests as an absolute last resort. If we do, we only use HSE approved pesticides. In such a case, the treatment is the treatment is applied to the nest and we will block off any entrances so that the bees do not go back inside and suffocate. The bees will be re-located to a safe place elsewhere.
In these cases, once the treatment is complete all reasonable steps are taken to prevent foraging honey bees from gaining access to the treated nest. This is done by removing the combs and blocking the entrances.
Our main aim is to ensure that the bees are relocated in a safe and swift manner, bringing no harm to them or our customers.
If you’d like to learn more about bumble bees or have any questions regarding bee removal, please feel free to get in touch via our contact form!