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How Long Do Wasps Live?

A colony of wasps is a well-oiled machine, with millions of years of practice to perfect their life cycle. While they can be a tricky insect to have around in your garden at home – or in an outdoor area if you own a business – they do contribute to the local ecosystem, acting as pollinators and controlling the population numbers of other insects. To give you a better insight into the life of a wasp, and to answer the question ‘how long do wasps live for?’, we’ve created this short guide for curious minds. Wasp lifespans An adult worker wasp’s…

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Asian Hornets: Identification, Threats and What to Do if You Find One

People living in Kent may already be aware of the threat that Asian hornets pose, with leaflets circulated in spring after the invasive insect was spotted in the region. In 2023, the UK saw record numbers of Asian hornets (Vespa velutina), which are believed to have spread to our shores after arriving in France in around 2004. It’s suspected they made their way into Europe via pottery sent from Asia, but each year there have been increased sightings in the UK. This is concerning for a number of reasons, which is why, this month at Pest Defence, we’re going to tackle…

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How To Get Rid Of Wasps When Eating Outside: Protect Your Pub & Restaurant

Wasps may make great pollinators and they even eat smaller pest insects, but they’re never good news for pubs and restaurants. What little good weather we get here in the UK usually signals the busiest time of year for pubs and restaurants with outdoor areas. Whether it’s a small courtyard for those sipping on a fruity cider or a luxurious decking area for diners, you can’t afford to let wasps ruin the atmosphere. Any business with a reputation for problems with pests, such as wasps, will likely see a drop in trade, so why not read our essential guide on how…

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When Are Wasps Most Active?

Despite their reputation for being aggressive and generally disruptive, wasps do play their part in our precious ecosystems. But that doesn’t exactly bring much comfort if you’re a homeowner looking to enjoy your garden or if you’re a business owner trying to drum up trade in your outdoor space. One way you can stay ahead of any pest issues, but especially a wasp problem, is to learn about when they’re most active. This will keep you alert to the dangers they pose and allow you to take preventative action or make a swift call at the first signs of any trouble….

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There Are Wasps in My Loft! What Should I Do?

Your home is your castle, which is why if you think there is a wasp nest in your loft then you may want to take swift action. It can be unsettling to think of these insects inside your home, especially if they become aggressive and you have any pets or young children. But never fear, this month at Pest Defence, we’re going to talk you through what to look out for, how to prevent them and how to get rid of them, making this your essential guide on what to do if you find a wasp nest in your loft at…

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4 Signs of a Wasp Nest To Look Out For

Summertime means fresh air and plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. But if you’ve got wasps on your property at home, in the beer garden of your restaurant or anywhere on your business premises, it can really sour the mood. Plenty of people are skittish about wasps, and their ability to sting at will means there’s good reason to be. If there is a wasp nest on your property, then it’s a real issue, but one that can hopefully be dealt with to avoid driving people away. So how do you go about identifying signs of a wasp nest? This…

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The Different Types of Wasps Found in the UK

Buzzing around outside in your garden or the outdoor seating area of a business, wasps prove to be something of a menace every summer here in the UK. Whether they’re scaring children who are playing outside or disturbing customers who enjoy sipping their pints in the sunshine, it’s not pleasant to be around any wasp. But what types of wasps do we have in the UK? Do they all look and act the same? That’s what we’re here to answer this month at Pest Defence, bringing you all the information you need to identify different wasps and understand their behaviour. Remember,…

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How To Treat A Wasp Sting

Of all the insects that we’re likely to encounter here in the UK, the ones that can cause the most panic are wasps. Not only are they a nuisance if you’re trying to relax in the garden at home, but they’re also a real pain for businesses over the summer months who want to attract customers to their outdoor areas. The reason for all the ducking, dodging and diving from wasps? It’s their sting.  As one of only a few stinging insects native to our shores – but an all too common one – it’s worth knowing how to treat a…

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Wasp vs Hoverfly: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to flying insects, it can be confusing to identify which species it is you’re afflicted by as they go buzzing around you.  Wasps and hoverflies are two common flying insects that get mixed up thanks to their very similar appearances. However, when you take a closer look, you’ll find that each has distinct characteristics, behaviours and habitats. Wrapping your head around these differences is essential, especially if you believe you’ve got a wasp nearby and are worried about the issues it can cause. This month, we’re spelling out the differences by breaking down how the two species compare…

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A Guide to Queen Wasps

The role of bees and their queens is well documented, but did you know that wasps are also considered pollinators and eaters of other pests? This is a vital role that they play when they’re out in the wild, but wasps are often known more as a pest when they happen to make a nest in cavities of buildings or in gardens. This month, at Pest Defence, to help you understand wasps a little more in detail, we’re giving you a guide to queen wasps. This will give you a better idea of when wasps are likely to be seen and…

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