The common wasp is classified as an insect. They measure about 1.6cm long and have a yellow/black body colour. Two species of wasp are found locally – ‘common wasps’ and ‘German wasps’ – both are known for their sting. Wasps are beneficial to the environment as they control other small pests and clear away dead insects, but when they stray too close to human habitats they can be a dangerous nuisance and must be controlled.
The venom of the wasp contains a pheromone which acts as an alarm causing other wasps to become more aggressive when a wasp has stung something or been killed. This means it’s not advisable to swat a wasp near its nest or attempt to remove the nest yourself.
Dealing with a wasp nest is more difficult – there are a various products available to do this, but you must consider the dangers of being stung near a swarm, and also the difficult in getting near the nest. If you’re allergic to wasp stings or simply prefer not to tackle the problem yourself, contact us and we can take care of it for you very quickly.