Wasp Removal and Wasp Control
Pestforce have staff specifically trained to deal with dangerous wasps. We use specialised equipment and safety gear to deal with them. Our products are chosen to avoid flushing the wasps from the wasp nest. Treatments are best attempted late in the day and we always return and carry out a follow up visit to ensure success.
Wasps are closely related to ants and can be very confronting when encountered around the home. Many wasps are beneficial to us and actually provide us with biological spider control around the house, and so should be left alone.
Some wasps are solitary and some live in colonies. While all wasps can sting, many are not particularly aggressive and do not generally sting unless they are being squashed or directly threatened.
Paperwasps are the most common cause of stings and they build colonies in small hanging nests which have cells similar in appearance to honeycomb. These nests can hang from a bush, a wire or a house and the wasps will defend that nest. Stings will occur when you bump the bush they are hanging from or even when you get too close to a nest; and unlike bees they can sting multiple times. Occasionally these nests can get quite large and house over a hundred wasps. Dealing with these wasps is quite simple and any household fly spray will kill them. Treatment is best done late in the day or even at night when the wasps are on the nest; be careful though because the risk of multiple stings during treatment is great. If you have any allergy issues do not attempt treatment yourself. Our technicians are fully equipped with the appropriate safety equipment and products to effectively and safely treat these wasps wherever they occur.
Mud wasps are the most common wasp we see around the house. These wasps build a mud case attached to the wall or eave of the house. These wasps are the good guys; they are very reluctant to sting, though if you push them hard enough they can inflict a painful message. These wasps lay their eggs in the case and fly around catching small spiders that they paralyse with a sting and place in the mud case. When the wasp larvae hatch inside the case, they have live food to consume. Eventually the larvae pupate and then emerge from the mud case as an adult wasp. While the mud cases can be annoying and unsightly, treatment is not recommended. Spraying the closed case is not recommended because it will not affect the larvae inside anyway. Attempting to prevent them building the case in the first place will not work because the wasps will put a pad of mud on the surface prior to landing and so avoid the treatment.
European wasps are the most dangerous wasps we encounter. Introduced into Australia relatively recently, these wasps live in colonies that grow over the summer. They construct a large vase-shaped nest from timber striped and processed from power poles or trees. A mature colony can contain thousands of individuals and the nest can be underground or in a void such as a wall cavity or roof void. These wasps are attracted to sweet drinks and fatal stings have occurred after a wasp has entered a drink can, with stings occurring to the mouth or throat. These wasps are highly aggressive and all contact with them should be avoided. Usually at the end of summer many queens develop in the colony and leave the original nest to go and "winter over" in a protected place and commence a new colony in the spring. The original nest usually dies at the end of summer but if the winter is mild, sometimes the queens stay in the original nest and a massive super-sized colony can grow the second year. Colonies several square metres in measurement are reasonably common, so don't tackle these yourself.
Several species of burrowing wasps live around the Sydney region. These wasps are large and appear intimidating, and are often seen dragging prey larger than themselves along the ground back to their nest. They are similar in habit to the mud building wasps in that they are solitary, and catch and store food for their developing larvae in the burrow. These wasps are not aggressive and stings are rare.
With many other types of wasps occurring around the Sydney region, Pestforce will always attend at no charge and no obligation to identify wasps that may be bothering you before any treatment is undertaken. Wasps can be a hazard but they can also be beneficial, so before you reach for the can of spray, find out what you are dealing with.