Wasp Nests Removal By Experts
Wasp Nests, Hornets, Bees
Harrier Pest Prevention are a local pest control company who deal with wasp nests removal, hornet nests and bee problems.
We specialise in wasp nests and we carry out wasp nest removal over most of the North West. We cover Wirral, Preston, Bolton, Blackburn, Chorley, Manchester, Urmston, Altrincham, Sale, Trafford Borough, Stretford, Warrington, Wigan, Knowsley, Runcorn, Frodsham, Salford, Widnes, Sefton, Liverpool, Southport, Knutsford and Lymm, Stockport, St Helens and Bury.
We are fully insured and CRB checked so if you are a single person or elderly we can provide a CRB check certificate.
If your problem is urgent we can often provide a same day service, especially for early callers.
If you have a wasp nest then you have found the best pest control company to deal with your problem, swiftly, discreetly and at a fair price. We operate 7 days per week including most bank holidays.
We have a fixed of just £49.50 for a wasp nest and we work weekends and bank holidays at no extra cost. Please use the postcode checker on the right of this page to ensure we cover your area before calling.
The charge to deal with wasp nests is £49.50 and £59.50 to deal with bees as they are rather more complicated.
If you have more than one nest on the same property we do the second nest free of charge and each subsequent nest at £15.00 per nest.
There is no need for prepayment and we are happy to accept payment on site when the work is complete. There are a range of payment options, please consult our payments page for details.
We don’t carry ladders and we will not use ladders other than short step-ladders. We use telescopic extension lances which gives us a reach of around 10 metres (33 feet) from the ground. This is more than adequate for most domestic properties.
When the entrance to the wasp nest is above gutter height and not visible from the ground then please inform us when you phone.
We will carry out an initial survey and we will give you a quotation for the work free of charge if ladders or access equipment is needed. This satisfies our obligations under Working at Heights regulations and is safer for you, your property and our operatives.
Please don’t ask our operatives to use your personal ladders.
We can reach most nests using our extendable lances, usually we only need ladders a few times each seasonal Update As Of 6th August 2022.
Wasps are now active and people are now finding wasps’ nests. If you see lots of wasps coming and going from a point on your property you have a wasps’ nest and should treat it with caution. It is important to deal with a nest before it produces queens or you are storing up trouble for next year as a nest will produce on average around 2000 queens to start building nests next spring. Generally speaking it is best to get a nest professionally dealt with before mid-September, preferably as soon as you discover it as the later in summer it is, the more troublesome they become.
Tree Bumblebees – New To Our Area
The Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) is relatively new to the North West. Although we try not to harm bees, this species is dangerous when nesting low down in your garden or on the body of your house.
This bee is very defensive of its nest which will often be found in bird boxes, and sensitive to any nearby
movement or vibration. People often report them mistakenly as ‘Honey bees in a bird box’. Its distinctive markings, the orange thorax and white tail, make it easy to spot. We recommend calling a pest controller immediately you think you may have a nest at ground floor level.
Do not get too close!
However, If the Tree Bumblebee nest is above gutter height we would recommend that you leave it alone (unless you have having roofing or guttering work done in the early summer) as it is unlikely to cause you any problems.
For help with identifying this species visit our wasps and bees site. Tree Bumblebees are more complex to deal with than Wasp nests and for that reason we currently charge a fixed price of £59.50 per nest.
The Tree Bumblebee appears very early in the summer, from April onwards and many people suspect they have a Wasp nest. Please believe us when we say that in our area you cannot have an active Wasp nest before June at the earliest.
Pest Identification – A Free Service
If you have any doubt about the insect you are seeing, take a decent digital photograph and email it to us or send it to us using the WhatsApp button below. We will identify it for you free of charge. Please be sure to put your phone number on the email so we can call you right away to discuss your options. If you have an insect infestation PLEASE keep a sample for us to look at when we arrive.
Only pesticides approved under current legislation are used and will always use the safest products available, appropriate to the task. We will always advise on how to keep children, pets and staff safe.
All works will be carried out in accordance with the Health & Safety Act 1974, the COSHH Regulations 1988, the Food & Environmental Act 1985 and Control of Pesticides 1986.
Most common pests
We destroy wasp nests in the summer months for a fixed fee of just £49.50. We will never ask for more to destroy a wasp nest unless specialist access equipment such as ladders, a cherry-picker or scaffolding is needed to access the nest.
The only exception is in the case of a late season wasp nest, where an additional treatment to your loft may be necessary.
We will not even need to use ladders on the vast majority of nests as we use long extension lances which are safer for our operatives, yourself and your property.
Please DO NOT attempt to close or block the wasp nest entrance with mastic, expanding foam or mortar etc. You will drive the Wasps into the house. When we arrive we need the entrance open to perform the treatment.
If you call us out to a nest where you have sealed the entrance we will charge you extra for the additional time it takes us to deal with the nest.
If you have attempted to deal with the nest yourself, or sealed the entrance we reserve the right to charge you a call out fee without carrying out the treatment, or to attempt the work with no guarantee given.
What We Do
Our technician will come along by appointment. A small amount of powdered insecticide will be injected into the entrance to the wasp nest. The returning wasps will carry it into the heart of the nest and within an hour all the wasps will be dead.
After the nest has been treated please keep your children and pets indoors whilst we carry out the treatment and for an hour or so. The wasps get very angry in the few minutes following the treatment. If you have a fish pond near the nest please cover it before we arrive.
As long as we can access the wasp nest from the exterior of the building you do not even have to wait in.
If we can get to the nest without going through the house we can take a card payment over the phone and deal with the nest without you having to wait in. Please leave open any gates we may need to go through.
If there are any issues which might affect the treatment, such as the presence of bats, then please advise us in advance.
Types Of Wasps
There are many species of wasps Britain but only three species trouble us as pests. There are our two traditional species, the Common Wasps (Vespula vulgaris), the German Wasp (Vespula germanica). We also have a relative new-comer to our area the Median Wasp (Dolichovespula media). This is occasionally dubbed ‘the Euro Wasp’ by the press.
The Median Wasp started to be commonplace in our area about 15 years ago and the press gave it a lot of coverage. They deemed it to be more aggressive and dangerous than our more native wasps.
In fact this is not really true. Our native wasps usually build their nests inside structures such as lofts and eaves. The Median tends to build its nest in trees and bushes which brings it into contact with people much more often.
Children are often badly stung whilst trying to retrieve a football from a bush in the garden.
Wasp nests start afresh every single year, no nest is ever used again. This is why there is no need to physically remove a nest at the end of the season.
When the wasp queens awake from hibernation in early spring they feed on aphids and grubs and commence nest construction.
The queen chews rotting wood and mixes it with saliva to make ‘Wasp paper’. From this she constructs a small nest about the size of a golf ball.
These golf-ball sized nests can appear very rapidly indeed, you can often find them in garden sheds in May.
The queen lays around 15-20 eggs and tends the new baby wasps until they are able to fly. Once the first batch of Wasps are flying they take over nest construction and the queen concentrates on laying eggs inside the nest.
This process takes some time. This is why we instantly know when people ring us in April and May that they are seeing bees not wasps. Harmless solitary bees do look superficially like wasps and are commonplace in April and May.
Wasp nests grow most rapidly in late June and July. In a good summer, with plenty availability of food, a wasp nest can reach the size of a council wheelie bin. A large nest will house 30,000 wasps over the course of the summer.
Wasps produced by the nests in summer are sterile females. These females cannot start nests themselves nor can a nest ‘move’. People often suspect that wasps have moved from one side of their house to the other. In fact this is impossible. It is merely a second nest which they had not previously noticed.
At the end of the summer, around mid-September the nest produces males and queens. On average a nest will produce around 2000 queens and it is now when the wasp nest becomes really troublesome.
The worker wasps are rewarded for feeding the grubs in the wasp nest. The grubs produce a sweet substance which the worker wasps feed on. During this period the workers are collecting aphids and caterpillars and are generally a friend to the gardener.
Once we hit autumn all this changes. The queen runs out of eggs and the nest ceases to produce any more young wasps. The workers are now deprived of their sweet ‘fix’ and start to crave sweet foods such as rotting fruit.
Wasps are at their most bothersome at this time and now is when most stings occur.
If you have a wasp nest we would strongly recommend getting it treated before this stage.
We do have hornets (Vespa crabro) in Britain and whilst they used to be very rare in the North West we have been called out to several nests in recent times. All of these calls to hornet nests have been either on the Wirral or in the Knutsford area, we haven’t done any hornet nests at all in Lancashire as yet.
In the North West there is an urban myth that hornets are like tiny Wasps. This is a complete fallacy as hornets are very much larger than wasps. In fact hornets are the largest of the social Wasps family.
Unlike all our native wasps hornets also fly at night so on a hot summer’s night with the windows open and the lights on it is quite easy to attract a hornet into the house which can be quite alarming, given their size.
It is quite easy to distinguish between the three wasp species. However it is in practice not necessary as the treatment is the same for all species.
The workers and the males die off in November & December. Queens hibernate for the winter ready to start the whole process off again the following spring. wasp nests can survive much later into the autumn than many people expect. We often deal with a few nests as late as November and December. Our absolute record for destroying a live Wasp nest was Xmas eve.
People who have allowed a nest to produce queens may find that they are troubled by queens all winter long. The central heating tends to bring them out of hibernation.
How To Remove A Wasp Nest
1) Make sure that they are wasps and not bees, lots of people confuse them.
2) Keep well away from the nest.
3) Do not block the entrance hole, you will make the job a lot worse and possibly fill your house with wasps.
4) Do not leave the nest to live into September, the queens are produced then.
5) Call Harrier Pest Control on 07942 817644 for a professional treatment at just £49.50.
6) Keep pets and children well away.
7) Close any windows near the nest and advise the neighbours to do the same.
Honeybee colonies survive the winter, which is the reason they make honey. Honeybees do not have a ‘lead-time’ for the nest to be built like Wasps.
Honeybees are amongst the earliest of the hymenoptera (Wasps and bees) to be seen in spring. They often fly on warm days as early as February. Often they will move into structures such as chimney pots or air-bricks. Sometimes they will simply hang in the branches
of a tree. They remain in the tree whilst their workers look for a suitable place to live. It can be very dramatic and even frightening when a swarm arrives. In reality they are fairly docile as they have no nest or honey to defend in this stage.
If they are accessible such as in a tree it is usually a simple matter to collect them into a container and rehouse them with a beekeeper.
Whenbees move into a structure, especially a chimney pot, then speed is of the essence. Once they have started to produce honey, which happens remarkably quickly, there are legal constraints which invariable increase the cost of dealing with them.
Contrary to urban myth honey bees are not protected. Sometimes there is no alternative but to destroy them although for us this will always be a last resort.
Bees will be re-homed if at all possible. Please ensure that you do have honey bees and not bumble bees before troubling a professional. Bumble bees are not the bees which make honey and are of no use to a beekeeper.
We have seen an increase of rodents throughout our area of operation. Whilst they can be a problem at any time of year the autumn and winter tends to be the time of year when they mostly move indoors. Rat infestations in particular have increased in recent years. Many reasons for this have been suggested including fortnightly bin collections, cut backs in sewer baiting and resistance to rodenticides.
Rodent activity has increased substantially during the lockdowns.
Rats and mice are unpleasant to have in or around your home. They spread disease by contamination of food preparation surfaces. They also do physical damage by chewing goods and even electrical wires.
Rats and mice breed very rapidly. An infestation can quickly spread to nearby premises. If you live in a semi-detached or terraced house it is vital to involve your attached neighbours. They also need to have their houses inspected. It is pointless to try and eradicate rats or mice if they are also infesting an attached property. Mice are easily detectable as their droppings betray their presence. Rats are tidier in their toilet habits and they are often detected due to their gnawing of food products.
Rodent infestations usually take 4 – 6 visits to deal with.
If you suspect that you may have a rat or mouse problem then give us a call.
Ants are a major pest of the spring and summer months. Many people will know the horror of flying ants emerging into their houses and dread the summer for this reason.
Pest controllers are much more effective against ants than we were only a few years ago. This is due to novel gels which are far more effective than powders or sprays ever were. We are now confident enough to offer a one year guarantee on our treatments. Ring for details.
Cat Fleas and Dog Fleas are becoming more troublesome in the Harrier Pest Control area. We are getting more and more calls from people who regularly treat their pets and yet are still getting flea infestations in their homes.
Cat fleas and dog fleas are becoming resistant to the active ingredients in the flea treatments available to the general public.
It is important to deal with a flea infestation promptly, especially in the presence of toddlers as fleas are intermediate hosts of tapeworm.
Fleas cannot breed without the presence of a cat or a dog. They will bite humans but they cannot breed using human blood. It is not possible to have a flea infestation unless there is an animal on the premises.
Grey squirrels can be a pest at any time of year but are most troublesome in late winter and early spring as they move indoors to breed, often into loft or attic spaces. Squirrels are also the most damaging of all the pests we deal with, in nearly all cases where squirrels have been in a roof void for a period of time there will be damage to electrical wiring and even on occasion water pipes, as a squirrel’s teeth can penetrate copper piping.
If you are unfortunate enough to suffer damage to your property due to squirrel gnawing you may find that your household insurance policy will not cover it as many policies exclude damage by vermin.
Although grey squirrels are now widespread across the UK they are not a native species, having been introduced from North America in the mid-nineteenth century. As such they are still classed as a non-native species so it is illegal to catch and release them elsewhere, they must be despatched on site.
If you suspect that you have a squirrel infestation, often loud noises coming from the attic, then call us quickly to avoid possible damage to pipes or wires.
Realistically the only solution to a squirrel problem is to carry out a trapping programme. Call us for a discussion and we will give you an idea of cost.
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