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aww999

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1,376 posts

147 months

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Me and the missus went away for about four months last year and missed the great british summer. When we got back in early autumn there were a load of dead wasps in a couple of the upstairs rooms, and they'd also got into the halogen downlighters from above (which feed directly into the loft). No activity to be seen, but clearly there must have been a nest up there over the summer.

We have just noticed some more activity, I put a load of junk in the loft last week and didn't spot anything but I stuck my head up there last night and there were a couple flying around in there. I am a waspophobic (I'm addicted to waspophobe!) so rather than bravely finding the source of the infestation, I squealed like a ten year old girl and ran back down the ladder.

Spoke to Rentokil this morning, it's £90 to get someone out to exterminate them, but they're not sure if they'll be able to do anything. They say wasps never return to the same next twice, so if there was a nest up there from last year it will be empty; but it's too early for them to have got far with building a new nest this year so they might present a difficult target.

Any PHers with any thoughts as to the best way to proceed? (Bearing in mind I have never been stung by a bee, wasp or hornet and intend to keep it that way!)

GKP

9,001 posts

127 months

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Spend the £90 and go from there.

Globulator

13,131 posts

117 months

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aww999 said:
They say wasps never return to the same next twice, so if there was a nest up there from last year it will be empty;
Seems to be true, I've a couple of golf-ball sized ones in mine.

fatboy b

6,444 posts

102 months

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I think that the council come and do it for free if they're in the house (I could be talking bollux though).

rhinochopig

17,063 posts

84 months

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Fill a bug sprayer with petrol and strap a lighter in front of the nozzle - make sure its set to jet and not mist. Ignite the lighter and then proceed to spray the nest vigorously.

Seriously, get an expert out.
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XMES RUS

1,307 posts

110 months

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fatboy b said:
I think that the council come and do it for free if they're in the house (I could be talking bollux though).
No your right, had a wasp nest in a kitchen wall (yep wall) last year and the council came around and removed it. Although I have seen a few recently buzzing around again, and there's the insect dude telling me they never return to the same nest, yep right.

Animal

3,572 posts

154 months

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Yep, get them in.

Wasps don't go back to the same nest, but they will make new nests in the same place. Cleaned my loft out at the weekend, found 9 small nests and one biggun - best to get it sorted before you start seeing wasps everywhere (early April, I think).

Cheers,

Animal

Vee

2,434 posts

120 months

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My local authority send someone for £40 but take a few days.
Like you, I'm **** scared of the things.

Chap in the yellow pages/ Thompson local came out for £60.

From his explaination, they cannot live without the Queen. He pumped some powder into the nest entrance and said that it would take a few hours for them to be gone.

Edited by Vee on Monday 17th March 11:00

8Ace

1,590 posts

84 months

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Excellent timing. We bought a house last year and there were always a few wasps around. I went up in the loft about as week ago and where the sloping part meets the insulation, there is a nest about 1ft across. Obviously want to get rid of it before the little bds get lively and had resolved to smear myself in syrup and poke the nest with a stick to encourage them out. For 90 quid I'll avoid this hilarious but potentially lethal course of action. Any other recommendations than rentokil?

SeanyD

3,010 posts

86 months

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Evil evil creatures. I'd happily pay someone to sort that out, you'd have no chance of me even entering the loft.

Call me a wuss, but I'm the one you'll see running around like a girl, arms waving like a loony, if a wasp even looks at me.

staceyb

7,091 posts

110 months

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Ring the council up and let then know about the situation, then tell them you live near a large group of children and you really don't want one of them to be stung (think of the children mentality made useful), they usually will be out to save the world in no time.

My nan did this when she found a huge wasps nest in her shed. The house just happened to back onto a playing field with a play park in it. The council were out sharpish.

james S

1,542 posts

131 months

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I hate wasps too

You can buy some clever wass nest killing foam which you spray from around 10 feet away, so you might be able to stand on the loft ladders and spray it before beating a hasty retreat. It works on little ones but not well on big ones.(we had one more than two feet accross last yr)

Even if it doesn't work its worth £5 to know you have really irritated them

Davi

17,099 posts

106 months

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definitely get an expert out. Our current house has at last count 20 "dead" wasp nests in, so while they may not return to the actual nest, it does not mean they won't return to the same location - in fact returning to the same location seems their preference!

Although at least half of the nests in our roof are no bigger than tennis balls, one is the size of a beach ball and the worst nest (which was killed just before we bought the place) had a contact area to the eaves about 2 sqm yikes No way I'd be messing with a colony that big...

ELAN+2

2,224 posts

118 months

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hatefull, detestable creatures... If the nest is accessable you can get some wasp/bee nest killer spray from a hardware store, its a foamy type of stuff, give the nest a liberal coating with a couple of cans and hang a vapona fly/wasp killer in the loft, it worked at my old house. (the vapona has the side effect of getting rid of all bugs as far as i could see, including spiders). Alternately call the experts out.

mogul

10,305 posts

136 months

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fatboy b said:
I think that the council come and do it for free if they're in the house (I could be talking bollux though).
They normally charge £40, unless you bung the council guy £20 in which case he'll say there was nothing about with no action taken wink

Timmy33

9,401 posts

84 months

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rhinochopig said:
Fill a bug sprayer with petrol and strap a lighter in front of the nozzle - make sure its set to jet and not mist. Ignite the lighter and then proceed to spray the nest vigorously.
I used to love doing that when I was a kid. But I used parafin for my flame thrower. thumbup

Trommel

12,282 posts

145 months

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Timmy33 said:
I used to love doing that when I was a kid. But I used parafin for my flame thrower. thumbup
Gets rats out of their holes sharpish, too.

spidermanUK

808 posts

115 months

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Different Councils have different policies re: pests. AFAIK they will all deal with rats FOC, but only some will deal with wasps for free, mine, Mid-Beds, charge for wasps.

I have to have nests treated every year. They should be dealt with when they reach the size of a tennis ball. The old nests don't get reused.

I use a local pest controller who sprays powder in all the areas of wasp activity using a 20ft pole device from outside the house.

Keep an eye out where they are accessing your loft, and get those areas treated, usually gaps in tiles or through the eaves. I pay about £40, using a local guy who I found in Yellow Pages.

swerni

22,525 posts

96 months

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Timmy33 said:
rhinochopig said:
Fill a bug sprayer with petrol and strap a lighter in front of the nozzle - make sure its set to jet and not mist. Ignite the lighter and then proceed to spray the nest vigorously.
I used to love doing that when I was a kid. But I used parafin for my flame thrower. thumbup
not a good move in the loft!!!! yikes

We have some massive nests in ours.
When we moved in 4 years ago we ensured they had been treated.

The nests are still there but we never have any wasps.


I hate the bloody things as well. If I thought for one second they would come back I would get someone in to sort it straight away

Piglet

6,076 posts

141 months

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Urggg this makes me feel sick just reading the thread.

I hate wasps, I can deal with rats, mice, spiders no problem but not wasps.....

We kept finding dead wasps on our front bedroom window ledge, got the pest guy in and there were six nests in the loft which he got rid of. We found a few more wasps last year so I guess we might have to get him back again - I'm not going ANYWHERE near the loft...

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