Identifying Wasps

  • black and bright yellow bands
  • narrow waist in the middle of a thin body
  • 10-15mm long
  • smooth, hairless body
  • often found around rubbish and food
  • feed on other insects
  • bees are rounder, fatter, slower moving and hairier than wasps;  they only feed on pollen, so they are often found near flowers and plants.

Treatments for wasps

  • one visit
  • injecting dust into the nest usually in lofts or outside under the eaves
  • an advice sheet with information about the insecticide used, where it was placed and any special precautions
  • taking measures to protect children and pets
  • the nest will be dead one or two days after the treatment

Please ensure an adult is present at all times during the treatment. 

Useful facts

  • no need to remove a dead or dormant nest, as wasps will not return to the same nest.
  • during the bee season in May and June, you should take particular care to ensure that you correctly identify whether you have bees or wasps. If you book a wasp treatment and our pest controller discovers that you have bees, the law does not allow us to undertake a treatment.
  • wasps never return to last year’s nest – almost all nests discovered in early spring (March and early April) are dormant nests from a previous summer. You can often avoid unnecessary expense in early spring by only booking a service if you see wasps using the nest. If not, it is almost certainly a dormant nest from a previous year.

Identifying what a wasp looks like

Identifying bees and wasps