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Prevention is key if you want to avoid problems with wasps, especially during the summer months when they are most active.
It is always easier to prevent a problem before it happens, rather than to wait for wasps to invade your home or garden. The fear of a wasp sting can be so great that it can prevent some people from going outdoors.
Early treatment of a wasp nest will help to keep you and your family safe from painful stings.
Making changes to your behaviour and how you handle food and drink outdoors can also help to deter this stinging pest.
Check for nests - Check your home and garden in early spring for nests, early on they will be walnut or golf ball in size - early small nests have fewer wasps and are easier to treat quickly. Look for nests in lofts, garages, sheds, cavity walls or under eaves.
Secure bins - Ensure outside bins have tightly fitting lids. Keep bins at a distance from doors and windows so wasps are not attracted to the contents.
Keep windows and doors shut - To prevent wasps entering inside your home.
Keep safe - If you have spotted a nest, make sure you keep children and pets away from the area.
Although high numbers of wasps in your home or garden almost certainly means there is a nest nearby, removing a wasp nest may not always be a possible solution.
If the nest is not on your property, you will have very limited control on what you can do to remove it.
Nests located in confined, hard-to-reach areas (such as cavity walls) will also be more difficult to treat.
For peace of mind and to be completely safe from stings, it is safer to let a professional treat the nest for you. Refer to your local yellow pages for a wasp and bee removal operator.
Rentokil does not offer a wasp nest treatment or bee removal as part of our pest control services packages, however we do treat wasps problems if there is an escalation in population or in extreme situations.
Wasp stings are painful and can in some cases lead to severe allergic reactions. Learn how to avoid wasp stings and find out more about treatment tips.