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Riviera Pest and Falconry covers all aspects of pest control in both domestic and commercial properties in Devon.

Wasp & hornet Control

Wasps and Hornets share similar life cycles so the info below relates to both. During spring a queen Wasp emerges from hibernation and starts the task of starting the nest for the coming season. She will gather building materials usually consisting of wood from the local area, mixing it with saliva and will build a small nest about the size of a golf ball. In this nest will be around a dozen cells in which she will lay a single egg in each. Her role at this point is to nurture these eggs until they finally emerge as Wasps. These Wasps are workers and now take over the role of builders to enlarge the nest while the queen now solely lays eggs in the new cells being built. These eggs will continue to hatch into female workers and add to the current workforce. Around late summer the eggs start to hatch into Drones (males) and new Queens. These will mate and where the Drones die after mating the Queens will eventually leave the nest to find a place to hibernate for the winter before emerging to start the process over again. A worker Wasp usually only lives around 3 weeks while the Queen will live for around a year. Wasps can be aggressive insects and usually only attack when threatened. Once a Wasp has decided to attack then it will leave behind a pheromone that signals any nearby wasps to attack as well so things can get out of hand quickly. Wasps do not have a barb on their stings, unlike Bees, and can sting multiple times. Many people react to Wasp stings and, on the rare occasion, have known to be fatal. This reaction (Anaphylaxis) is serious and will require medical aid and possibly even a 999 call.

TREATMENT: Wasp nests are only treated if there is a danger to public health or safety. Wherever possible we will treat and remove the nest but this is not always possible as nests can be in accessible areas. In this case, entry points will get treated and usually the nest is dead by the following morning.