Harrier Pest Control deal with with wasps’ nests through our area of operation for a fixed charge of only £49.50, 7 days each week including evenings and bank holidays. Broadly speaking we destroy wasps’ nests throughout South Lancashire, North Cheshire, Preston, Blackburn, Chorley, Bolton, Bury, Prestwich, Radcliffe, Trafford, Sale, Urmston, Stretford, Walkden, Worsley, Salford, Warrington, Knutsford, Lymm, Wirral, Southport, Wigan Greater Manchester, Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton. If you have a wasps’ nest please use the postcode checker on the right-hand side of this page to check we cover your area, even if you have used us before.
Harrier Pest Control won’t charge more or push the cost up once we arrive on-site and we work weekends, the price is still £49.50. It won’t change!
(The only exception is in the case of a late season wasps’ nest, from September onwards, where an additional treatment to your loft may be necessary.)
Bees are rather more difficult to deal with and we charge £49.50 unless specialist equipment is required.
Firstly, please ensure that you really do have a wasps’ nest, you’d be surprised how often we are called out to what’s meant to be a wasps’ nest and it turns out to be bees, particularly solitary bees in the spring.
Please use our seasonal chart page and wasps or bees page to help you with the identification, especially if you are calling in spring or early summer. As a general rule you will not see wasps before mid-June unless there has been an exceptionally early and warm spring.
Anything seen before June will almost certainly be a bee of some sort.
If you have a wasps’ nest you will notice plenty of wasps coming and going from one hole, if they’re solitary bees they’ll be entering a lot of holes everywhere in the brickwork, particularly air-bricks and drainage holes in plastic window frames. These solitary bees are harmless and stingless and no treatment methods are possible or necessary.
As a rule of thumb you won’t have an active wasps’ nest until at the very least late May because of the biology of the wasp. Any noticed before mid-May will be bees with no shadow of a doubt.
It is rare for us to see active wasps’ nests before mid-June in the North West.
Few insects stimulate quite as much concern as the wasp with lots of people responding very badly to their stings. Unfortunately each year in the UK people do die because of being stung by wasps, often after unintentionally disturbing the nest.
Professional wasps` nest control
If you discover that you’ve a wasps’ nest then please call Harrier Pest Control instantly. Don’t attempt to tackle the nest yourself, it’s very dangerous and you might suffer many stings.
Also, and more importantly do NOT attempt to close the nest entry with mastic or mortar etc., you’ll drive the wasps into the house and also when we arrive we require the entrance to be open so as 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 refuse to do the work and charge you a call out fee or attempt the work with no guarantee.
Over most of the summer months destroying a wasps’ nest is generally a straightforward matter of treating it using a little bit of pesticide powder and the returning wasps carry it into the nest on their bodies, and within an hour or so the entire nest is dead.
As with any other pest control company Harrier Pest Control don’t physically remove a wasps’ nest, we merely destroy it, there’s nothing to be gained from removing it, the nest is simply paper and will fall apart away with time.
We recommend that you do not attempt to remove the nest, it cannot be used again, it will not attract other wasps and there is no reason for it to be removed.
Harrier Pest Control will attempt to deal with your wasps’ nest with a same day service if at all possible but certainly within two days at most. We work until sundown each day but if you need to have a nest treated while you are out you can pay us online via paypal or over the phone by credit card. Click here to go to our specialist website and look for the paypal button in the sidebar. Be sure to call and tell us you have paid and let us know where on your property the nest is. We will need you to leave open any gates we have to go through to access the nest.
Harrier Pest Control have a set charge of only £49.50 and when there is a second nest on a single property then your second wasps’ nest will be treated free of charge (on your property only). A third or any subsequent nests will be treated at a supplemental fee of £10 each. Nests on neighbouring premises are charged at the full £49.50.
Please ensure before calling us that you do have a wasps’ nest and what you’re seeing aren’t solitary bees. If we call out to what turn out to be solitary bees then there is nothing to be done as they are stingless and harmless and we will charge you a £25 call out fee. This is especially likely to be the case with any ‘wasps’ that you see before June.
Nest Development through the season
A wasps’ nest starts at the end of spring usually around April when the queens emerge from hibernation and begin nest constructing. In contrast to honey bees, only queens survive the winter months, the remainder of the colony having died off at the start of the previous winter.
The queen develops a tiny nest from ‘wasp paper’, which she creates by combining decaying wood with saliva.
This initial nest is about the size of a golf ball, inside it she lays approximately 20 eggs which hatch out into larvae. These she feeds with aphids and grubs until they pupate and hatch into fully fledged wasps. These young wasps will then take control of nest building while the queen will stay within the nest laying eggs.
This entire process requires a few weeks and it’s unusual indeed to find a wasps’ nest with active workers prior to June. The busiest period of nest development is generally the month of June and Harrier Pest Control always estimate that the wasps’ nest season usually starts about the 3rd week in June although this can be a little earlier if there has been an exceptionally warm and early spring.
If left to its own devices the nest continues to develop over the summer and based on weather and accessibility to food will contain between 5000 – 30,000 wasps at its peak.
When the worker wasps feed the larvae within the nest they’re rewarded by the larvae which exude a sweet sticky material that the wasps crave and therefore this is their motivation to look after their young.
Up to around August time the nest creates only sterile females but as the days begin to draw in it makes its last batch of larvae which are new queens and males. Typically a nest will generate about two thousand new queens.
Naturally these new queens will mate and after that hibernate for the winter months.
It’s at this point when wasps tend to be their most problematic. When the nest is no longer creating young, the worker wasps are missing out on their sweet fix and begin needing sweet foods. They begin feeding on fermenting fruit and as they are essentially out of work they turn into a nuisance pest. It is now when most stings occur.
It’s also the moment when coping with a wasps’ nest becomes significantly more difficult since once the queens emerge they no longer go back into the nest and so are not eliminated by any pesticide inside it.
At this stage of the year we have many reports of people getting a large number of wasps insidetheir houses each day, these are the new queens searching for hibernating sites. Often people nearby experience this also.
Last summer we had a customer go into his loft to get his suitcases and he was stung by wasps, it turned out that the nest was six houses up the road.
Many Local Authorities at this point of the season will tell enquirers to leave the nest alone as ‘it should go away soon’. This is actually the very worst thing to do since the queens will emerge making the complete process more difficult.
Once this process has started, generally from mid-September, it is usually essential to perform additional work, for example smoking or fogging the attic to eliminate these queens which naturally carries additional charges. The best recommendation Harrier Pest Control can provide is when you’ve got a wasps’ nest get it dealt with before September and this will save you lots of trouble.
Left to its own devices a wasps nest can survive up until the first main freeze of wintertime, they survive later in to the the autumn months than many people expect. Harrier Pest Control typically tackle a number of wasps’ nests even into late November and December and the latest we’ve handled an active nest was Xmas eve!
When the cold season comes the queens hibernate and all the other wasps, workers and males, die out. The nest itself is then spent, it will never be used again and consequently there isn’t any benefit at all in attempting to remove it.
More about wasps
A wasps’ stinger is a modified ovipositor or egg-laying tube and for that reason only female wasps can sting, but few would like to take a risk on guessing the right sex of the wasp confronting them.
In Great Britan we now have three varieties of pest wasps, Vespula vulgaris or the common wasp, the German wasp, Vespula germanica and a recent import from Europe which established itself here in the 80s Dolichovespula media. There are more species in Britain however they don’t trouble us as unwanted pests.
We have the European hornet, Vespa crabro in Britain, mostly limited to the southerly counties but Harrier Pest Control did deal with a hornets’ nest within the Knutsford area in the summer of 2012, however it was the first we’d ever encountered this far north.
There is no need for Harrier Pest Control to distinguish the species of wasp we’re eradicating to be able to destroy the wasps’ nest. All of the pest species have a similar biology and react to exactly the same treatment.
What governs the quantity and size of wasps’ nests isn’t the harshness of the prior winter but the weather in the spring. The hibernating queens can survive any amount of cold however the worst of all scenario for them is exactly what happened in 2012.
There was a remarkably early warm interval for around 6 weeks from mid-February and throughout March. This brought the wasp queens from hibernation early but unfortunately for them it turned cold and wet and then there wasn’t any food for them so they starved. As a result the summer of 2012 became a bad summer for wasps.