Wasps on Lockdown
During this unprecedented period of national leave, it is vitally important that we can enjoy our outside areas and protect our living spaces. However, we are now approaching the wasp season and if the 2-year fluctuation of population stays true, we should be in for a bumper year i.e. lots of wasps. So, what exactly is a wasp and what can you do to protect your family during the Covid-19 lockdown?
What’s a Wasp?
Wasps belong to the insect order Hymenoptera (having biting mouth parts). They are carnivores, feeding their young on other insects which they find, dispatch and carry back to the nest.
The two most common wasps found in the UK and that are responsible for the most painful stings are the Common and German Wasp
Identifying a Wasp Nest
Fertilised queen wasps are now emerging from hibernation on the search for suitable sites to establish new colonies. This usually happens around Easter time but can vary greatly depending on the weather and temperature.
The new queens look to build nests in sheltered areas with a good access to outside areas. In the wild this may be in a tree or bank side and in the home environment wasps favour roof spaces, the eaves, wall cavities and sheds.
Wasps create a beige coloured, ‘paper’ nest from a mix of chewed up wood and saliva.
As the year progresses and numbers of wasps increase the easiest way to find a nest is to identify the flight path. If you notice a lot of wasp activity to and from a certain point, the nest is usually nearby.
Ok, but will LANDGUARD treat my nest during Covid-19 Lockdown?
The short answer – yes. Following government and BPCA guidelines we are working where it is justifiable to do so, i.e. where there is a risk to people’s physical health, mental health or business. Example, if there’s a wasp nest above your front door preventing access, we would treat it.
Due to COVID-19 Lockdown we are discussing and assessing the risk and immediacy of all our treatments on a case by case basis. Where we have to work, we’re employing full P.P.E and minimizing customer contact to protect our customers and ourselves. We are able to send treatment sheets and accept payment online.
For more info, to ask a question or book a visit please call the office on –
0113 2037427 or 01423 209030