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wasps & hornets

colony eradication & nest removal

During late summer we are inundated with phone calls about wasps.  We can affordably treat your wasp nest anywhere on your property, but, due to the aggressive nature of wasps, their capacity to sting multiple times and in swarms, we strongly recommend you NOT to attempt treating a wasp nest yourself!

do not try this at home!

Treating a wasp nest can be very dangerous indeed.  Wasps and hornets release a pheromone when threatened... causing all others in the vicinity to become aggressive and likely to attack in defence of their nest and young.

To reduce the risk to you and your family, arrange for a professional 'Alpha Safe' wasp nest treatment.  An effective solution that will eliminate the wasps and keep you safe from the threat of stings.

treatment options

The same nest is never reused the following year but, for your peace of mind and if it is accessible, we can return to remove the nest after the treatment has had time to completely eradicate the whole colony.  Please note that this additional service is chargeable.

honeybee nests & swarms

Although honeybees can sting, they rarely do because they die after stinging and will only do so as a final form of defence.

Both honey bees and Bumble bees are endangered, so Alpha will contact a local beekeeper who will 'adopt' and take away the swarm, if it is accessible!


wasp nest cost guide

initial treatment

Wasps and hornets:
Within 10 miles of Llanelli: £45
Between 10 and 20 miles from Llanelli: £55

Bee swarms:
Up to 20 miles of Llanelli: £60

follow-up treatments

Wasps do not reuse old nests, and the treatment is extremely effective, so repeat treatments are very rare.

Bees are protected so, wherever possible, swarms will be relocated.  They will only be treated if they, or their nest, poses a risk to the public.

more info...

There are many thousands of different types of wasps in the world but the ones we should concern ourselves with are the 'yellow jackets' in the Vespidae family.  These are to be found living in nests with a queen and non-reproducing workers.  Unlike bees, who live off their honey made in the summer, wasps die out in the winter with the exception of the queen.

Queens over winter in little nests about the size of a tennis ball.  When they emerge after the winter, because of their ability to store sperm from the previous summer within them, they are effectually able to self- fertilise eggs in order to produce a new colony.  It is thought, that initially, queens will lay unfertilised eggs to produce male or drone wasps, when she is ready she will then used the stored sperm inside her to fertilise eggs and produce queens.

Roughly speaking, queens are produced twice yearly, firstly in April or May, to provide colonies throughout the summer, secondly, in September or October to provide over wintering queens to ensure a healthy stock of queens for the next spring.

It is very common to see wasps entering roof spaces where, upon inspection, you may be able to see the nest in the attic space. Depending on how long they have been building it the size can vary between a small football, up to the size of a medicine ball.  These are very rare as most people tend to have them treated before they get to that size.  The nests are constructed from plant fibre, mostly wood pulp that is cemented in place using plant resin or from their own secretions.

Wasps feed off plant nectar but they have been known to attack bee hives, kill the bees, and feed off the honey inside.  Later in the year when semi rotten fruit is available, they become more aggressive, effectively drunk, and are more likely to sting you.

Should you have a wasp problem although there are products available over the counter, you need to get close to the nest to treat it, this increases the likelihood of stings. We would recommend the services of a professional pest controller using the correct protection and industrial strength products to treat your problem.  Wasp stings are more painful than deadly, but in rare cases, people have been known to suffer from life threatening anaphylactic shock.

Hornets
Generally a lot larger than wasps, measuring up to, and in excess of, 2 inches.  Like wasps, queen hornets, once fertilised, are able to store sperm within them until they are ready to determine what sex is required.  When they have made a nest, the first hatch is generally queens and they are responsible for maintaining and enlarging the nest, foraging for food and care of the larvae.  Male adults or drones take no active role within the nest, their role is to fertilise queens for the following year.  Once that role has been accomplished they die.  Only fertilised queens are able to over winter.

Like wasps, hornets are able to deliver multiple stings, because their stings are not barbed.  Because of the higher levels of toxins hornets are able to sting with, their stings are more painful than wasps.  Although very painful, these stings are rarely fatal unless given to allergic victims.  There have been reports of horses and cows, that have disturbed a hornets nest, actually being stung numerous times resulting in death.

To get rid of a hornet nest the treatment is similar to treating a wasps nest but, because of the increased levels of toxins in their stings, do not attempt this yourself, call in a suitability trained pest controller.