Wasps

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Wasps

Being stung by a wasp or bee is a painful experience and can be life threatening to anyone who may be allergic to stings. However, it is possible to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasp or bee nests are properly managed.

Rentokil’s wasp control solution

Wasps have the potential to attack in large numbers if their nest is disturbed.

It is best to treat a nest earlier in the year before numbers increase and the wasps become more aggressive, increasing the threat of stings during treatment.

At Rentokil, we can offer safe and convenient solutions to get rid of your wasp problem quickly. Our qualified technicians require just one 30 - 45 minute visit to treat a nest, so contact us today to book in your treatment.

Wasp control for your business

If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, it’s not something you’ll easily forget. It’s no surprise, then, that a wasp problem at work will be an unwanted distraction for customers and employees. To make sure it doesn’t disrupt your business, you need to get the issue sorted as quickly as possible. The good news is, all you have to do is give us a call and we’ll promptly do the rest.

1. Once booked, we guarantee to treat your wasp problem within two working days.
2. All our Technicians are local and experienced in wasp nest removal.

After the wasps have been cleared, our knowledgeable experts will advise you how to prevent them returning.

Call Rentokil free on 1300 306 148 and we’ll treat your wasp problem, discreetly and effectively, within 2 working days.

FACT: Nests cannot be removed straight away after professional treatments, as it can take several days for foraging wasps to come home to the nest. You need to wait until all the wasps have had time to return. As they do, they will also become contaminated and this ensures that the whole colony is dealt with in one go.

Using our many years of experience in dealing with wasp problems, we have developed our own effective and often unique service solution that take the pain of dealing with wasp nests out of your hands.

  • Waspin pots - Practical, discreet and effective wasp traps that are hung outside to lure wasps away from staff and customers on patios or in gardens. Each trap contains a special fermented solution that is irresistible to wasps and hornets. The clever design means that once the wasps are inside, they will never get out.

  • Luminos units - In food preparation areas help you deal with all flying insects, including wasps. Unlike other zappers, the unique way it works reduces the risk of dead insect fragments causing contamination.

  • Insect screens - On doors or windows prevent wasps entering your workplace while still allowing natural ventilation.

  • Discreet - & cost-effective solutions.

  • Quick response - Guaranteed treatment within 2 working days.

Wasp and bees species and guides

Preventing wasp stings

A wasp sting is a form of defence. If wasps feel threatened or if their nest is disturbed it makes them very aggressive and provokes them to sting.

In spring wasps hunt aphids, greenfly and other insects to feed grubs in the nest. At this time wasps will only become aggressive if they think their nest or their young are under threat.

Tips to avoid stings

In late summer/autumn wasps have no young to feed so get no sugary secretion. This is when they seek fermenting fruit and sweet things and become more of a pest at picnics, barbecues and outdoor meals in general.

Luckily there are some easy, practical things you can do yourself to try and avoid being stung.

  • Do not panic - If you find there are wasps nearby keep calm and move slowly away.

  • Do not scream, flap your arms or swat them - This will just agitate them and make them more aggressive.

  • Avoid strong, sweet smells - Do not use highly perfumed fragrances, shampoos, hair sprays.

  • Avoid bright colours - Do not wear bright, bold floral patterns on clothes and bags, which could attract wasps.

  • Avoid orchards - Or any soft fruit plants and even uncovered bins, where wasps gather seeking food.

  • Avoid open drinks - If drink cans or bottles are left unattended, it may encourage wasps to crawl inside.

  • Cover food and drink - Always keep food and drink covered when eating outdoors to deter wasps.

  • Stay clean - Ensure children’s hands/faces are cleaned after eating sweet foods/drinks.

Treatments for wasp stings

It is difficult to know how you might react to a wasp sting, if you have never been stung before.
There are some practical things you can do to help with any pain you might feel

  • Use a cold compress such as an ice-pack or cold flannel.
  • Take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to soothe any pain.
  • Take antihistamine tablets to reduce any small localised swelling around the sting.

If you are in any doubt about a wasp sting please consult a doctor or medical professional.

The allergic reaction anaphylaxis can occur when someone becomes sensitised to the poison in the sting. It is a rare reaction but can be fatal.

If someone has the following symptoms after being stung, immediately call for an ambulance:

  • difficulty breathing
  • wheezing
  • vomiting
  • nausea or diarrhoea
  • feeling faint or dizzy
  • swollen face or mouth
  • problems swallowing

Want to avoid wasp stings?

Wasp nest removal is one of the most reliable ways to reduce the number of wasps buzzing around your home and the risk of painful stings.

You will continue to have a wasp problem throughout the summer as long as a nest remains untreated on your property. 

At Rentokil, our qualified, local technicians require just one 30 - 45 minute visit to treat a wasp nest.

We will also offer expert advice on preventing wasp problems in the future.

Call Rentokil free on 1300 306 148 and we’ll treat your wasp problem, discreetly and effectively, within 2 working days.

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