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If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home or garden, it is very likely that there is a wasp nest nearby. Being stung by a wasp, hornet or bee is a painful experience and can be life threatening for people who are allergic to stings.

Wasp nests

Take care when dealing with wasps and hornets (a larger member of the wasp family) - they have a potent sting and can attack in large numbers if disturbed.

A single nest may contain thousands of wasps which can swarm and attack if disturbed. If the location of a wasp nest is likely to put people at risk, then the nest should be destroyed.

The nest is made from chewed wood that gives them their distinctive papery walls. A queen wasp will start to build a nest in the spring but then as workers hatch they take over nest building.

By early summer, a typical wasp nest will be 30cm across although they can be much larger. Common sites for a wasp nest include under the roof eaves, in attics or in sheds and out-buildings.

This risk from wasps is particularly high towards the end of summer – it is preferable to destroy a wasp nest earlier in the year before wasps become aggressive.

Wasp nest removal

To locate the nest, watch the flight path of returning wasps. If the nest is near the home, keep nearby windows closed. If you suspect the nest is in the attic, take great care in opening and entering the attic space.

Do not apply when on a ladder or from a raised height.

Wasp swarms are dangerous - if in doubt, seek professional help.

Rentokil Pest Control offers a call-out service to destroy wasp nests or any other pest problem in the home. The service is fast, effective and affordable.

Call Rentokil Pest Control Canada at 1-877-690-2215 for further advice or to arrange a visit from by a technician.

How to get rid of bees

Bees are less aggressive than wasps and much less likely to sting. 

Furthermore, since bees are highly beneficial to the environment and some species are under threat, bees should not be killed and nests should be left undisturbed whenever possible. 

If a bee nest represents a high risk (such as a nest in the home or near those who are allergic to bee stings), the nest can be moved to a safe area. 

Bee nest removal should be undertaken by a local beekeeper who will charge for the service. 

Rentokil Pest Control will not destroy a bee nest or colony unless under the direction of a beekeeper or an environmental health officer.

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