Wasp nests can be found in lofts, garages, cavity walls, air vents, trees, bushes, sheds, holes in the ground, and many other cracks and crevices.

A single wasp sting may only be unpleasant for some people, but for others, it can be deadly due to the risk of anaphylactic shock.

How to identify you have a Wasp Nest?

  • Often, a nest can not be seen, but you may notice a lot of wasp activity to and from a specific point. 
  • You may hear loud buzzing but not see very much – the wasps may be building their nests high up and hidden.
  • There may be a lot of wasp activity in and around the property.
  • Wasp nests look like a papery balloon or rugby ball with a swirly pattern.


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What should you do if you have a wasp problem?

  • We advise you not to try and treat or remove the active nest yourself. When wasps feel under threat, they may become quite aggressive.
  • If the wasps are causing you, your family, employees, or customers a problem, call Landguard; we can provide safe and guaranteed treatments to resolve your wasp issue quickly.
  • Our fully trained technicians will use PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and access the most effective products to ensure the wasps will not harm you, your family, or your customers.
  • Using a range of equipment, we can treat most wasp nests no matter how high or hidden.
  • You do not need to remove the wasp nest to remove the wasps.
  • Not every wasp nest needs destroying – if the wasps are not causing a nuisance or endangering human health, it may be preferable to leave it alone.

Wasp Facts…

  • Wasps are related to Bees And Ants.
  • Social wasps build their ‘paper’ nests with wood fibres scraped by their hard mandibles and then chewed into a pulp.
  • Most wasps live less than one year.
  • Queen wasps live for several years.
  • A wasps diet is made mainly from nectar, insects, and spiders.
  • Vespa Scooters are named after wasps – Vespa means ‘wasp’ in Italian.
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What to do if you are stung …

  • Wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Apply a cold compress (such as a flannel or cloth cooled with cold water) or an ice pack to any swelling for at least 10 minutes.
  • Raise or elevate the affected area if possible, as this can help reduce swelling.
  • Avoid scratching the area to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Avoid traditional home remedies, such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, as they’re unlikely to help.
  • The pain, swelling, and itchiness can sometimes last a few days. Ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments that can help, such as painkillers, creams for itching, and antihistamines.

When to get medical advice…

Contact your GP or call NHS 111 for advice if:

  • You’re worried about a bite or sting
  • Your symptoms don’t start to improve within a few days or are getting worse
  • You’ve been stung or bitten in your mouth or throat or near your eyes
  • A large area (around 10cm or more) around the bite becomes red and swollen
  • You have symptoms of wound infection, such as pus or increasing pain, swelling or redness
  • You have symptoms of a more widespread infection, such as a fever, swollen glands, and other flu-like symptoms

When to get emergency medical help…

Dial 999 for an ambulance immediately if you or someone else has symptoms of a severe reaction, such as:

  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • A swollen face, mouth, or throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • A fast heart rate
  • Dizziness or feeling faint
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Loss of consciousness

Emergency treatment in hospital is needed in these cases.

*Information taken from NHS website. 

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  • Book an appointment time to suit you
  • Employ fully insured and qualified technicians
  • Utilize professional products
  • Fully guarantee wasp treatments