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In the UK Wasps & Bees are most common in the summer months, in terms of Wasps, the most common are the “Common Wasp and the “German Wasp” they are not only extremely annoying, they can also cause painful stings. They have a yellow and black body causing them to often be confused with Honey Bees which have a more golden brown colour. You can read more about how to deal with Bees in the section “Working With Bees” below.

Only female wasps can deliver a sting, which they can use repeatedly if they feel under threat, normally a wasp sting will cause no long term effects however if you happen to be allergic a sting could potentially be fatal.

Only worker Bees sting, and only if they feel threatened and they die once they sting. Queens have a stinger, but they don’t leave the hive to help defend it.

Wasps build nests in lofts or attics, under eaves or even in wall cavities amongst other places around your home or business.

You should never attempt to remove a Wasps nest yourself a colony may have as many as 25,000 individual wasps and when a wasp stings you it releases a pheromone or chemical that marks you as the threat to other wasps. This pheromone then alerts other members of the colony that the nest is being threatened and more wasps join the attack. This can understandably be very dangerous especially for children.

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The sting of a wasp should wear off within 24 hours but for a small minority of people the venom in their sting causes anaphylactic shock which can be fatal.


A honey bee can fly for up to six miles, and as fast as 15 miles per hour.


A male wasp is called a Drone. The job of the Drone is to mate with the Queen. After they have fulfilled this mission, they die shortly afterwards.

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At 1st stop Pestcontrol we not only eradicate pests we care about the environment. We work closely with local bee keepers. We specialise in rescuing bee colonies that have made their home somewhere inconvenient to us humans. Re-homing the colonies in our hives in and around Kent.



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Identification Of Wasp

Adult workers of the common wasp measure about 12–17 millimetres (0.47– 0.67 in) from head to abdomen, whereas the queen is about 20 millimetres (0.79 in) long.

It has aposematic colours of black and yellow and is very similar to the German wasp (or European wasp, Vespula germanica) but seen head on, its face lacks the three black dots characteristic of that species. Additionally it can be distinguished by a lack of black dots on its back (gastral terga), which are located further up and form part of the black rings on each of the abdomen’s six segments. Furthermore the genal area – the part of the head to which the jaws of an insect are attached – is usually broken by black (although sometimes narrowly).

Wasp Nest And Cycles
The nest is made from chewed wood fibres, mixed with saliva. It has open cells and a cylindrical column known as a “petiole” attaching the nest to the substrate. The wasps produce a chemical which repels ants and secrete it around the base of the petiole in order to avoid ant predation. A solitary female queen starts the nest, building 20–30 cells before initial egg-laying. This phase begins in spring, depending on climatic conditions. She fashions a petiole and produces a single cell at the end of it. Six further cells are then added around this to produce the characteristic hexagonal shape of the nest cells. One egg is laid in each cell and as they hatch each larva holds itself in the vertical cells by pressing their bodies against the sides. The queen now divides her time between feeding the larvae on the juices of masticated insects and nest building. Once the larva reaches full size it spins a cover over the cell, pupates and metamorphosises into an adult. When enough adult workers have emerged they take up most of the colony’s foraging, brood care and nest maintenance, and the queen, who is now fed by the workers, concentrates all her energy on reproduction. The spherical nest is built, from the top downwards, with successive combs of cells separated by petioles. The queen larvae, know as “gynes”, are reared in larger cells in the lower combs. The finished nest may contain 5,000–10,000 individuals.
Risk To Humans
The common wasp is well known for its painful sting. Multiples sting in sensitive places such as the head or inside the mouth can be serious. In some cases individuals whom are allergic to wasp stings can result in anaphylactic shock (an extreme reaction to toxins in the wasp venom). Control: 1st Stop Pest Control use various insecticide forumlations but the majority are treated using a Bendiocarb based powder to destroy the nest. We offer you this guarantee: If you are not 100% satisfied with our service then we will not charge!
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