Wasps form colonies made up of workers, males and a queen. Hornets are part of the wasp family, and their life cycle is much the same.
Where do they live?
Wasps nests are found in earth banks, in buildings (roof spaces or cavities in the walls), in trees or bushes. They build nests every year.
Why are wasps a nuisance?
Wasps enter kitchens in search of sweet food in late summer. They are not hostile but they will sting if aggravated.
As the cooler weather comes, wasps will feed on over-ripe fruit and give them the appearance of being “tipsy”. They are better left alone when in this condition.
Do wasps do any real harm?
A wasp sting is caused by the injection of poison into the victim, causing redness and swelling. In some cases more serious effects may occur and you should seek medical advice.
How do I get rid of them?
You can get rid of individual wasps using insecticides.
Ideally the whole nest and colony should be destroyed. We recommend getting professional help as there is a high risk to an untrained person.
They will be able to locate the nest and dispose of it in the most suitable way, depending on its location and accessibility.