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The Council provides a Pest Control Treatment service operated
by the Environmental Health Service for domestic and commercial
customers. There is a charge for all
treatment of wasps.
Unlike bees, wasps do not need a reason to attack.
Although you obviously have the choice, we do not advise
residents to treat a wasps nest themselves. If you do choose
to treat the wasps nest yourself it is advisable to wear
protective clothing and take the greatest care - ensure you do not
find yourself in a small space that is difficult to get out
If the officer visits and the problem turns out not to
be wasps, a call out charge of £22 will be applicable
General information about
- If you find a wasps nest on your property in the early part of
the year (January - April) it is almost certainly an old nest from
the previous year.
- It is very rare for wasps to use the same nest twice
- Wasps don't only build nests in trees, lofts etc.
They can burrow into the ground, build nests in bird boxes and car
engines for example.
Pest Control Officers do not remove wasps nests. Once
there is no activity around the nest after it has been
treated, or the wasps vacate the nest at the end of the
season, it is safe to dispose of it yourself. To do this, you
should put a carrier/bin bag over the whole of the nest and knock
it with a broom. It will fall into the bag and can then be
disposed of in your household rubbish bin.
Always ensure that there is no activity at all around
the nest before you attempt to dispose of
For information on how to treat wasp, bee and insect
For pest control enquiries please contact
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