The common Wasp
A Pest Controllers guide to The Wasp

Introduction to wasps.


It is a common assumption that a wasp is a wasp is a wasp, if it flies and its yellow and black its a wasp. But there are many different types of wasp and other insects that mimic them. Here we will be talking about the Social wasps in other words those that have one queen and build a nest. There are a number of wasps in the U.K. and the only real difference (Except size in some) is the different pattern of markings on their head and body, We are sure you don't want to get that close so lets not bother with those details.

Here are the main wasps in the U.K.


Vespula vulgaris                      Common wasp

Vespula germanica                  German wasp

Vespula rufa                            Red wasp

Vespula austriaca                    Cuckoo wasp

Dolichovespula norwegica         Norwegian wasp

Dolichovespula sylvestris          Tree wasp

Vespa crabo                            Hornet (Yes the hornet is a wasp)!



We can carry out effective wasp nest treatment / removal in Taunton and the surrounding areas , we also cover most of Somerset and Devon.  
 A wasp nest in a loft.
 A wasp
 Wasp Nest in a hedge.


Life Cycle of the Wasp and Wasp Nest.


Wasps only over-winter as Queens, at the beginning of spring they emerge from the place they have spent the winter and find a suitable place to build a nest. Different wasps make nests in different places some in the ground while others prefer hedges.



She starts by building a small nest of wood paper, which is a mixture of wood and saliva, this nest starts with  about 12 hexagonal cells in which she lays an egg in each. She raises these eggs herself until they emerge as workers (Sterile females).


These workers then take over the maintenance and expansion of the nest whilst the queen effectively becomes an egg factory, the colony then undergoes a rapid growth phase.


The peak of the nest comes in September, when there can be between five and ten thousand workers in a nest. At this time fertile males and females will be laid, as these hatch and mate the females will become next years queens whilst all the workers and males will die off over the weeks to come. During this stage when the workers have no purpose they become more aggressive. Old nests are never


Do I have a Wasp Nest ?


You will see wasps flying in and out of one particular place with a direct flight pattern to and from the entrance this maybe within a hedge, bank or under the house fascia. You may see a structure as in the photos and video above, or the pictures in our gallery. This will indicate you have a nest. If this is the case we can carry out  wasp nest removal to kill the wasp nest.



If you see them flying around you chimney there is  99.9% chance that they are Honey Bees.


If the wasps are just all over a shrub,tree or hedge and they appear not to be entering in one place they will be feeding from the sap and no control can be offered. 
We carry out wasp nest removal in Taunton and the surrounding areas quickly, professionally and at a very competitive price.   


What do I do about the Wasp Nest?


We would strongly suggest you do not treat the nest yourself, this is not a sales pitch. Treating some nests without a doubt can be carried out without any problem. BUT there is no telling how each nest can react and some wasps can be extremely aggressive. Certain people can be very susceptible to stings and it would not be an exaggeration to say this can be life threatening. We can carry out effective wasp nest removal in Taunton and the surrounding areas , we also cover most of Somerset and Devon.
We are fully trained in wasp nest removal and have been carrying out wasp nest treatments and removal in Taunton and the surrounding areas for over a decade we have many satisfied customers who include Somerset County council, Taunton deane borough council and many others. 


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