Dealing with wasps
Each year, the Pest Control Section of the Council's Public Protection Division responds to many requests for help and advice on how to deal with various pests. At this time of the year, the number of requests relating to insects is at its highest and in amongst those requests are a number relating to wasps.
There are several species of wasps, the most abundant being the Common and the German Wasp. They can be seen in many areas around the city and can be found nesting in just about any location, such as underground, in trees or in cavity walls. The fact that wasps help to control other pests makes them extremely beneficial in the garden however, they are feared by many people because of their ability to sting. Control of wasps is necessary when they build their nests in sensitive locations, such as near to buildings or in children's play areas.
Although professional treatment is available, if access to the nest area can be gained, wasps are fairly easy to control. Any one of a number of commonly available insecticidal powders can be applied to the entrance of the nest. This will result in the wasps taking the powder into the centre of the nest, where it will kill the queen and the remaining wasps. The alternative treatment is the use of liquid insecticides, which can be sprayed directly into the nest, where it will have a similar effect to that of the powder. However, anyone who decides to carry out their own treatment is advised to take adequate precautions against being stung. One precaution might be to carry out the treatment after dusk, when wasps are at their least active. Also, it's important to ensure that protective clothing, such as tight-fitting sleeves and trouser cuffs are worn, along with gloves. It should also be remembered that dead wasps can sting. Therefore, any bodies should be immediately swept away and safely disposed of.
Further Advice and Treatment
A copy of a free information leaflet regarding wasps can be obtained by ringing Hull Connect on 300300. Alternatively, for a small charge, you can arrange for the council's Pest Control Section to carry out the treatment on your behalf by ringing the same number.
To contact Public Protection, call Hull Connect 300300.