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Wasp, Hornet and Bee Control from Rentokil

Protecting you and your family from insect stings

Being stung by a wasp, hornet or bee is a painful experience and can be life threatening to the one in thirty people who are allergic to stings.

However, it is possible to reduce these risks by taking sensible precautions when outdoors and ensuring that wasp or bee nests are properly managed or dealt with.

If you have been stung by a wasp or bee, please refer to our guide to treating insect stings. This also has information about how to avoid being stung when outdoors.

Wasp Nests

Take care when dealing with wasps and hornets (a larger member of the wasp family) - they have a potent sting and can attack in large numbers if disturbed.

A wasp trapped indoors can be dealt with using a Wasp & Fly Killer spray.

If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home or garden it is likely that there is a wasp nest nearby.

A single nest may contain thousands of wasps which can swarm and attack if disturbed. If the location of a wasp nest is likely to put people at risk, then the nest should be destroyed.

Social Wasp  | Rentokil Pest Control Zambia

The nest is made from chewed wood that gives them their distinctive papery walls. A queen wasp will start to build a nest in the spring but then as workers hatch they take over nest building.

By early summer, a typical wasp nest will be 30cm across although they can be much larger. Common sites for a wasp nest include under the roof eaves, in lofts or in sheds and out-buildings.

This risk from wasps is particularly high towards the end of summer – it is preferable to destroy a wasp nest earlier in the year before wasps become aggressive.

How to get rid of wasp nests

To locate the nest, watch the flight path of returning wasps. If the nest is the near the home, keep nearby windows closed. If you suspect the nest is in the loft, take great care in opening and entering the loft space.

It is possible to use DIY products to destroy a wasp nest yourself if the nest is easily accessible. However, if you decide to destroy the nest yourself, follow all instructions carefully.

Ensure that you minimise uncovered skin including wearing gloves and a hat.

Do not attempt DIY treatment if you suspect you are sensitive to the sting of wasps, if the nest is indoors or the nest is inaccessible.

Do not treat a wasp nest when on a ladder or from a raised height.

Wasp swarms are dangerous - if in doubt, seek professional help.

Rentokil Pest Control offers a call-out service to destroy wasp nests or any other pest problem in the home. The service is fast, effective and affordable.

If you would like further advice or to arrange a visit from a Rentokil technician, call free on +255 22 2126005.

How to get rid of bees

Bees are less aggressive than wasps and much less likely to sting.

Furthermore, since bees are highly beneficial to the environment and some species are under threat, bees should not be killed and nests should be left undisturbed whenever possible.

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If a bee nest represents a high risk (such as a nest in the home or a hospital or near those who are allergic to bee stings), the nest can be moved to a safe area.

Rentokil will only destroy a bee nest or colony if it is considered a threat to people.