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A queen wasp and the beginnings of a nest ( 2x egg cells and an egg just visible). This was found inside a sofa in the middle of a living room!

One of our happily re-located honey bee swarms from last season.

The beginnings of a wasp nest found in early May. Much safer to treat at this size with only a queen to deal with rather than thousands of workers as well!

Wasp nest in a flat roof being treated externally.

Wasps, Hornets and Bees: We are the Cardiff leaders in stinging insect eradication. Our rates are unbeatable and every job is guaranteed. Starting at only £45 per infestation we will usually be with you the day you call. We are a family run business and have kept honey bees for decades and as such we will normally remove bee swarms free of charge. Call now on: 02921971010! British pest wasp species Both species of communal wasps commonly found in the UK create roughly spherical paper nests located in virtually any sheltered location above and below ground level. Hibernating queens emerge from the end of March onwards and quickly establish colonies comprising of several thousand wasps under the right conditions. When disturbed, they will fiercely defend their colony and unlike bees, have a smooth sting, causing no harm to the wasp as it stings, often resulting in multiple stings from a single wasp. Wasps become particularly aggressive and agitated towards the end of the Summer; as temperatures cool, as the colony begins to loose coordination and direction at this point. Rotting, fermenting fruit fed upon by the wasps at this time only exasperates matters, the alcohol content of such fruit adding to their irritability! Wasps are a valuable asset to the garden, predating on many nuisance insect species such as greenfly; a problem nest however, situated in a high human traffic area, must be dealt with as early and as safely as possible. The most effective method is by the application of insecticidal powder, which should only be attempted by trained professionals such as ourselves, to avoid painful and potentially dangerous stings. Our work is guaranteed and no nest has beaten us yet! Honey bees (Apis mellifera) In recent times the decline of the honey bee in the UK has been well documented and attributed to a combination of pesticides, parasites and a loss of habitat. Unmanaged colonies on peoples property are now rare, however occasionally a swarm from a poorly managed hive may find its way onto your property. We remove any such swarms or unwanted hives for free to add them to our own apiary. A problem colony in a wall space or elsewhere will normally need to be removed in its entirety, dead or alive, which will usually involve some structural work and the use of a 'bee vacuum'. Honey bee colonies should never be poisoned and left in situ. This will only result in cross contamination of honey stocks and further pest issues. Always contact us for free, honest advice. Hornets (Vespa crabro) Although usually rare outside of Southern England in the UK, hornet colonies occasionally crop up in South Wales. Their life cycle is similar to that of the wasp; a colony is started by a single queen in April before dying out in its entirety in October (all bar a few fertilised queens). We deal with hornets in the same way as we do wasps for the same fixed price. Bumblebees and solitary wasps and bees There are nearly 200 different species of bumblebee, solitary wasp and solitary bee in the UK. Bumblebees will rarely sting unless roughly handled or if their nest is under threat. Very occasionally a problem colony might have to be re-located or as an absolute last resort, destroyed. Although, contrary to popular belief, this is entirely legal, as no bee or wasp species is protected by UK law, one should be very reluctant to use such a measure on a normally peaceful and beneficial species. It has been said that certain species of solitary masonry bee are capable of causing structural damage to buildings, but certainly in my experience, such species are best left alone and enjoyed as a colourful addition to the garden. Whatever your issue, call now on 02921971010!

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