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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 off.

If the officer visits and the problem turns out not to be wasps, a call out charge of £23 will be applicable

General information about wasps:-                          

  • 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 it.  

For information on how to treat wasp, bee and insect stings/bites - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stings-insect/pages/introduction.aspx

For pest control enquiries please contact us
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