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All Wasps nests are made up primarily of the same stuff – chewed up wood from your garden fence or gate to name but a very few sources. The pulp is taken back to the nest to repair any areas of damage and to help with the nests ongoing construction.
Essentially you will discover that a wasp nest is fixed to a support of some kind by a small stalk or petiole. From this small stork the nest is constructed with its strength designed to support it vertically so any upward pressure can easily dislodge or destroy it.
When removing a nest it is best to lay a plastic sheet underneath it to collect any debris. Use a broad flat stripping knife to ease the nest away from any supporting structures.
What precautions should I take removing a Wasp or Hornet Nest? The first thing to consider is its activity. Are you attempting to remove a live nest? If you are unsure then you would be safer calling us for wasp nest removal services, but if it is more than a year old you should be safe to remove it, but always proceed with extreme caution, especially in confined spaces such as lofts.
Wasp Control is all about safety and you should remember that where nests are in voids or holes you cannot see into the nest may be far larger and therefore more dangerous than you might think if it is active.
Things you need include gloves to protect your skin from microorganisms, chemicals and other soiling. You should also where some overalls as you will likely end up quite grubby unless you are removing a nest from a shrub or other external site.
Respiratory protection is also important where you are in a confined space to protect your lungs from bacteria, mould spores and a wide variety of other harmful particles like Asbestos, Vermiculite and Fiber Glass.
The worst case scenario is that the wasp nest is still very much active which is bad news if you are in a loft, because you have few places to out run them.
Also asbestos based insulation materials etc are a very real safety concern in some properties and other substances like loft insulation and the older vermiculite insulation can be quite unpleasant if it is disturbed and you inhale the dangerous airborne particles.
If the nest is active you will also put anyone nearby at risk and this includes relatives, children and pets – both yours and your neighbors.
Removal of a wasp nest need not be an expensive task and indeed may cost you a bin bag and a few minutes of your time. Any nest over the size of an orange may contain 500 wasps and 5000 when it reaches the size of a football.
We see wasp nests the size of washing machines and small cars! You need to consider very carefully, treating any nest in a confined space, that is difficult for you or others to escape from.
You Also need to consider if anyone in adjoining gardens, pedestrians or neighbors with open windows will be affected by your control efforts. If they are, you could face prosecution if you failed to take reasonable steps to warn them.
So finally here is the rub. If you get it wrong you are going to get it very wrong.
We are often called to badly planned DIY control efforts were people have gone through ceilings after being attacked by wasps, they and their relatives have been stung going to their aid and a simple job becomes a case of fumigation costing hundreds to rapidly knock down large numbers of wasps now scattered throughout the home.
One final thought is the damage the dust can do to your lungs. Time will tell how significant any inspired particles will have on your well-being both now and the future where crumbling asbestos is present but not identified.
If in doubt – CALL US! and get it done professionally. CALL WASP NEST BRISTOL: 0117 303 5181