Have You Got a Wasps Nest Nearby?
As the days get longer and warmer (we hope) this is the time of year you need to do a quick check around your property, because insects are on the look out for a new home.
First, take a look at the windows and brickwork: can you see wasps taking off and landing? Or there might be a Masonry Bee or Miner Bee? You won’t want some of them as your new neighbours.
Wasps especially can build and develop colonies that run into the thousands, and are defensive – so prone to sting with little warning. The adult workers are busy all day going back and forward – past your open door or window, on those rare Scottish summer days when the sun is shining – collecting food to feed their growing larvae. They bring back all kinds of insects from green fly to small moths.
Wasps like Wood
Wasps like to build their nests in the eaves of buildings; under gutters; in outhouses or work sheds; in airbricks or in garages. If your premises has lots of wood nearby that can be another risk, as a queen wasp can sculpt a nest from the wood itself.
We get asked to destroy wasp nests that are sometimes 2 – 3 feet in diameter so the earlier the nest is dealt with the better, not just for us! We’ve not been called to one this big yet – 6ft x 5ft
So if you see wasps regularly around your building, then call us immediately for an efficient and low cost service.
Masonry Bees are long and thin, like wasps, but they are usually darker in colour. They can appear almost entirely black with just some slightly paler colouring.
As the name suggests you will often see them going into holes in walls or little air vents. If you see them, you have a potential problem of a different kind to wasps. Masonry bees will only rarely sting, but they do burrow through mortar and can seriously undermine the structure of a wall if action is not taken. You’ll tell them from wasps as you’ll only ever see one at a time, and they have no yellow stripes.
This species of bee has more than 100 sub-species in Britain so they are difficult to describe, but all have the long thin shape characteristic of wasps but are darker in colour, like mortar bees.
They like to live alone and burrow holes in the ground, rather than in walls. The good news is that they pose no threat to humans: in fact, neither Miner or Masonry bees are aggressive.
The Miner bee will usually disappear after a few weeks, even without treatment. But if you see the wasps, or are in doubt what insect is buzzing around your boundary, then call us on
If you are not sure if it is a Wasps Nest or another flying insect, contact us. We will visit, advise and arrange removal if appropriate