Information about wasps, wasp nests, bees and hornets - page 6
Bumble bees appearance is completely different to wasps or honey bees. They look fluffy and dark. There will never be a large amount of them as you would expect with honey bees. Bumble bees do nest underground, in bird boxes and other places similar to wasps. The behaviour of bumble bees around the nest is big giveaway, when arriving back at the nest they often seem to be confused as to whether this is their actual nest. Wasps on the other hand are very precise and accurate. If you have a handful of black fluffy things bobbing around and reluctant to enter the nest straight away, it is most probably Bumble bees.
It is possible to have a wasp nest in a chimney destroyed, but you will need to contact your local pest controller. You can enter your postcode at the top left of our pages to see who is closest to you. Pest controllers have various means of destroying wasps in chimneys including smoke generating devices which release an insecticide smoke, or powder type insecticides which can be applied.
It is up to you if you want to leave a wasp nest untreated on your property. Often people don't even realise that they have a nest and don't have any problems. Having said this, it should be noted that although you may not have problems from a nest on your property, your neighbours may be inundated with nuisance wasps in late summer. This is because wasps tend to hunt/feed away from their nest location. Leaving a nest untreated also means that the nest will release next year's queens into the immediate area and it is likely these will nest locally the following year.
If you have lots of wasps indoors and they have appeared from nowhere all of a sudden then you have a nest somewhere within the house and they have broken through to the interior of your home. Often wasps will build their nests very close to plasterboard and will chew the back of the plasterboard away leaving just the paint and a thin layer of paper. Once this paper is broken and the nest is exposed, the wasps will enter the interior of the property en-mass. You will need to call a pest controller to have the nest dealt with. Occasionally wasps will be attracted to lights early in the morning and will come through open windows.
Honey bees do sting and can be more ferocious than wasps, it is a numbers game. A typical bee nest/hive in midsummer can contain 40,000 individuals and if they have an aggressive or overly protective nature they can be a formidable force. Masonry bees and mining bees do actually have a stinger, but it is so weak it cannot penetrate human skin, so in essence they cannot sting you. Bumble bees can sting, but are usually very placid.
If wasps are focusing on a certain point of your roof or guttering or they are interested in a hole in a wall, the chances are that you have a nest. The entry point will be near to the guttering or where ever the wasps seem to be concentrating on. We have some videos of wasps entering nests which you can look at to compare.
No, Hornets are not protected and can be legally treated. Hornets have a powerful sting, although generally seem to be more placid than common or European wasps.
Some bushes and trees produce a large quantity of sweet sugary nectar; this is highly attractive to wasps and bees. Lyme trees in particular are a big attractant to wasps and bees. Often people make the mistake and think because of the numbers of feeding wasps, there must be a nest present but this is not the case. There is no way to discourage wasps and bees from being attracted to these types of plants and aside from cutting the plant down it is just a part of nature.
Fake wasp nests such as the "Waspinator" are supposed to deter queens from nesting close to where the fake one is positioned. If this principal worked then we would only ever see single nests, however this is not the case, we regularly treat multiple live nests which are sometimes located only inches apart. Fake wasp nests are a gimmick and do not work.
If you have queens waking up and getting indoors during periods of mild weather in winter traditional dust treatments will not work. This is due to how queens spread out to hibernate and are in essence individual wasps rather than a nest that can be treated in the normal way. Normally queen wasps will hibernate in your loft space, it will be dark and the temperature will remain stable throughout the winter. To treat individual queen wasps in a loft situation, the entire will need to be treated using a fogging machine. A fogging machine applies a liquid insecticide in a very fine mist. This application is known as a ULV application (Ultra Low Volume). The droplet size of the mist applied is extremely small, so will remain airborne for a long time allowing a thorough treatment.