Wasps’ Nests Destroyed £35.00
Wasps’ Nests, Tree Bumblebees, Ants
Harrier Pest Control is your local Pest Control Company providing pest control in commercial and domestic properties in the North West. We specialise in dealing with wasps’ nests. If you have a wasps’ nest, bed bugs, rats or mice, fleas, ants in the house or any other pest, then you have found the best pest control company to deal with your problem, swiftly, discreetly and at a fair price. Harrier Pest Control operate 7 days per week from April to November, including bank holidays. We cover most of the North West including South Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Trafford Borough, Wirral and Liverpool and Cheshire north of Middlewich. For wasps’ nests we have a fixed charge of just £35.00 and we work weekends and bank holidays at no extra cost.
Seasonal Update Early Spring 2015:
We should start to see the first Bumblebees by the end of March or even earlier if we have an early and warm spring, these will be Queens newly awakened from hibernation.
We expect to see the first Tree Bumblebee nests by the end of April. This is a new and invasive species to our region and is very aggressive in the vicinity of its nest.
Anything you spot before mid-May will most definitely be a bee of some sort. Be sure to check our Wasps, Bees or Hornets page and our seasonal chart before calling us out, it may save you a call-out fee.
As a general rule you will not see wasps in the North West until at least mid-June unless it has been an exceptionally warm and early spring. We will update this seasonal message as soon as the first wasps’ nests are active.
We now have the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) in 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.
It is very defensive of its nest which will often be found in bird boxes, and sensitive to any nearby movement or vibration. Its distinctive markings, the orange thorax and white tail, make it easy to spot and 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 wasps’ nests and for that reason we currently charge a fixed price of £49.50 per nest.
The Tree Bumblebee appears very early in the summer, from April onwards and many people suspect they have a wasps’ nest. Please believe us when we say that in our area you cannot have an active wasps’ nest before June at the earliest. If you are calling between April – July please visit our Seasonal Chart Page to ensure that you actually do have a wasps’ nest, not harmless solitary bees. This may save you a callout charge.
We are lovers of bees and wildlife generally and in 2013 in order to try and help honeybee numbers we became beekeepers ourselves and are now able to supply small amounts of local honey. Please visit out our Harrier Honey page for full details.
For full details of any particular pest please choose from the list in the right sidebar or give us a ring on the numbers provided, we answer our phones 9.00am – 8.00pm 7 days per week from April to November.
Many pests are mis-identified by customers, if you have any doubt about the insect you are seeing, take a decent digital photograph and email it to us. We will identify it 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.
Please feel free to give us a ring at any time, we give free advice! Or use the top and sidebar menus to read about the various pests we deal with. Please see the Areas Covered Page for our exact area of operation. Harrier Pest Control operate everywhere inside the red line. Only wasps’ nests and Tree Bumblebees have a fixed price, for all other pests please call for a quote.
Harrier Pest Control use only pesticides approved under current legislation 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.
Our principal is the resident pest control expert for Radio Lancashire, hear him talking about bed bugs and other pests on a recent broadcast by clicking the link in the right sidebar.
Most common pests
Harrier Pest Control destroy wasps’ nests in the summer months for a fixed fee of just £35.00, we will never ask for more to destroy a wasps’ nest unless specialist access equipment such as a cherry-picker or scaffolding is needed to access the nest.
Please note that we will only climb scaffolding erected by our own specialist contractors.
The only exception is in the case of a late season wasps’ nest, where an additional treatment to your loft may be necessary.
On most occasions we will not even need to use ladders as we use long extension lances which are safer for our operatives, yourself and your property.
When preparing for our visit it is important that you do NOT attempt to close or block the wasps nest entrance with mastic or mortar etc. You will drive the wasps into the house and 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. On occasions when an entrance has been sealed, or where you have attempted to deal with the nest yourself, we reserve the right to charge you a callout fee without carrying out the treatment, or to attempt the work with no guarantee given.
Our technician will come along by appointment, inject a small amount of powdered insecticide into the entrance to the wasps’ nest and the returning wasps will carry it into the heart of the nest and within an hour all the wasps will be dead. We will ask you to keep your children and pets (if any) indoors whilst we carry out the treatment and for an hour or so afterwards as 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.
Providing we can access the wasps’ nest from the outside of the house you do not even have to wait in. Our specialist wasp control website offers a PayPal button for you to use. We will then destroy the nest while you are out, but please telephone us to let us know that you have paid and leave open any gates we may need to go through.
If there are any issues which you are aware about which might affect the treatment, such as the presence of bats, then please advise us in advance.
Although there are many species of wasps in the world only three species trouble us as pests in North West Britain, our two traditional species the Common Wasps (Vespula vulgaris), the German Wasp (Vespula germanica) and a relative new-comer to our area the Median Wasp (Dolichovespula media) occasional 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 deeming it to be more aggressive and dangerous than our more native wasps.
In fact this is not really true, the problem with this wasp is that unlike Germanica and Vulgaris which usually build their nests inside structures such as lofts and eaves, it tends to build its nest in trees and bushes which brings it into contact with people much more often. We have had many instances of children being badly stung whilst trying to retrieve a football from a bush in the garden.
All wasps’ nests start afresh every single year, no nest is ever used again which 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 which she constructs a small nest about the size of a golf ball. You can see a video of this process in the right sidebar of this page.
These golf-ball sized nests can appear very rapidly indeed, you can often find them in garden sheds in May.
Inside this nest she 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 time which 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.
The most rapid period of wasp nest growth is in late June and July and in a good summer, with plenty availability of food, a wasp nest can reach the size of a council wheelie bin and house 30,000 wasps over the course of the summer.
During the bulk of the summer all the wasps produced by the nest are sterile females, they cannot build nests themselves nor can a nest ‘move’. People often suspect that wasps have moved from one side of their house to the other but 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.
During the summer these worker wasps are rewarded for feeding the grubs in the wasps nest by a sweet substance produced by the larvae. During this period the workers are collecting aphids and caterpillars and are generally a friend to the gardener.
However, 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.
It is now when they are at their most bothersome and when most stings occur.
If you have a wasps’ nest we would strongly recommend getting it treated before this stage.
We do have hornets (Vespa crabro) in Britain but they are almost exclusively confined to the southern counties, we have only ever seen one hornets’ nest in our area.
For some reason there is an urban myth in the North West 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.
Although it is quite easy to distinguish between the three wasp species it is in practice not necessary as the treatment is the same for all species.
At the end of summer with the arrival of the first cold weather the workers and males die off and the queens hibernate for the winter ready to start the whole process off again the following spring, however wasps’ nests can survive much later into the autumn than many people expect.
It is common for us to deal with a few nests as late as November and our absolute record for destroying a live wasps’ nest was Xmas eve.
However, people who have allowed a wasps’ nest to produce queens on their property may find that they are troubled by queens all winter long as the central heating tends to bring them out of hibernation.
Unlike wasps the entire honeybee colony survives the winter, which is the reason they make honey. As they do not have a ‘lead-time’ for the nest to be built like wasps they are amongst the earliest of the hymenoptera (wasps and bees) to be seen in spring, often flying on warm days as early as February. Often they will move into structures such as chimney pots or air-bricks, often they will simply hang in the branches
of a tree whilst their workers look for a suitable place to live. It can be very dramatic and even frightening when a swarm arrives but 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. If they move into a structure, especially a chimney pot, then speed is of the essence as once they have started to produce honey, which happens remarkably quickly, there are legal constraints which invariable increase the cost of dealing with them. We ourselves are beekeepers and are experienced in handling and re-homing swarms. Contrary to urban myth honey bees are not protected and sometimes there is no alternative but to destroy them although for us this will always be a last resort. We will always try to re-home them 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.
Bed Bugs are rife in the Harrier Pest Control area of operation.
Many people confuse bed bugs with dust mites. Unlike dust mites which are relatively harmless, bed bugs are not found in every bed but only in the beds of those unlucky enough to become infested.
Bed bugs are about the size and shape of an apple pip and dine exclusively on blood, your blood!
You can transfer bed bugs to your home simply by staying in an infested hotel or even by sitting next to the wrong person on the bus.
Once established in your home they will rapidly spread to any attached properties and in a severe infestation it is possible to sustain upwards of 500 bites per night.
They are not a pest which can be tackled by an amateur, you will need professional help or you will make matters worse. If you even suspect that you may have bed bugs then talk to Harrier Pest Control
Before you take any steps at all, certainly do not buy a new bed or mattress as it will be infested by bed bugs on the first night.
Please do not try and tackle a bed bug infestation yourself, you will almost certainly make matters worse by spreading these obnoxious pests more widely around your home. Leave well alone and give us a call for guidance.
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 control technology has developed in leaps and bounds over the last few years and Harrier Pest Control now have the means to eliminate ant infestations indoors, and in most cases give a 3 year guarantee on the work at a very affordable cost.
The treatment is perfectly safe for children and pets.
Don’t spend pounds on ant powders and ant gels when we can cure your indoor ant infestation at a reasonable price and offer you a renewable 3 year guarantee in the bargain.
Cat Fleas and Dog Fleas are becoming more troublesome in the Harrier Pest Control area and we are getting more and more calls from people who regularly treat their pets and yet are still getting flea infestations in their homes.
This may be that populations of 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.
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