Removing a wasp nest is a major portion of our pest control requests. We’re called out regularly between the months of May and October, and occasionally even in November. We attend wasp problems in Fife, Perth & Kinross and Central Scotland
Here in Scotland, there are three main wasp species that concern us: Common wasps, German wasps and Norwegian wasps. All three follow a similar breeding pattern.
Wasp nests – or bikes as they are also known – are made from wood scrapings and wasp saliva moulded together by female worker wasps. A single nest can eventually hold thousands of potentially aggressive wasps.
In late summer or autumn a queen wasp will leave your nest ready to hibernate over winter. The workers in this old wasp nest then die off naturally, and the original nest will never be used again.
But remain on the alert. Particularly in autumn, workers seek out sweet substances and this is when they can become a significant nuisance in homes, bakeries or sweet factories. They can also be a significant pest at garden parties or barbeques, where they are attracted by the availability of soft drinks, sweet marinades or fresh fruit.