Summertime usually means wasps. Wasps can be a real menace during the warmer summer season. It is during this period we generally spend more time outdoors, which is why wasps can become a real pest.
When we talk about wasps generally, we are mostly referring to members of the Vespidae family, usually the Common wasp (Vespula vulgaris).
Wasps flying close by and in or around, your home are seen by some people as a real threat due to the fear of a wasp sting. The fear of a wasp sting is even greater amongst the thousands of people who are allergic to stings.
Wasps will regularly be attracted to food and drinks lying around outdoors and will often spoil picnics, outdoor meals or family barbeques.
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Are you sure your problem is with wasps and not bees? These two are often confused due to their similar appearance. Bees are a sensitive species in Ireland. Removal of bee nests should not be a first port of call unless it poses an immediate risk to Health and Safety.
Correct identification of the wasp nest is essential in order to provide the most effective service.
If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home or garden, it is likely that there is a wasp nest nearby.
The most effective way to get rid of wasps is to remove the main cause of the problem – the wasp nest. A professional pest control company should be contacted in order to ensure a safe and correct wasp nest removal.
Are there any tricks I can use at home to put off wasps and keep them far away? There are home remedies, some more effective than others, which could help to repel wasps – learn more about preventing wasps.
The main thing is not to panic. There are some basic steps you can follow to ease the pain that often results from a wasp sting.
People allergic to wasp stings will know the exact actions they need to take to minimise the risk to their health but our guide can offer some more advice on how to deal with wasp stings.
There are no hornets in Ireland. Hornets are found in mainland Europe and the United States. However, there are wasps, like the Ichneumon wasp (Ichneumons), which some mistake for hornets. They have a striking abdomen, which leads people to think that they are aggressive, but they do not sting and are not regarded as a pest in Ireland.