Important Notice – Change to Service

The Council no longer provides a service for treatment of wasp nests for local residents.

The only exceptions are for residents in receipt of benefits (housing, council tax or universal credit) where a reduced fee of £25 is available.

To arrange for a treatment, please contact SDK Environmental Limited (Trading as DialAPest) on 03444 828 325 between 9am and 5pm seven days a week. Calls to 03444 numbers are charged at a local rate. Please be aware that this service is only available between June - September.

For all other residents, a service is available through the Council’s preferred contractor SDK Environmental Limited, tel : 03444 828 325, calls to this number are at a local rate. 

For Council tenants only a service is available for nests in communal areas, please contact 01727 819256



The common and German wasp are common throughout Britain. They are social insects forming colonies inside nests specially constructed in soil, barks, roof spaces and in cavities in trees and walls. They are therefore frequently associated with domestic housing.

Life Cycle

The fertilised queen wasp emerges from hibernation around mid-April and searches for a suitable site. From chewed bark and dried timber, mixed with saliva an initial cell is built. This is about the size of a golf ball.

It is pointless destroying the nest until a colony is established and this usually occurs sometime in June. The queen may abandon the nest or be killed by a drop in temperature which will result in the nest being destroyed.

The queen lays between 10 and 20 eggs and this first brood of sterile worker bees start enlarging the nest and providing food for the subsequent eggs. Ultimately by late summer the normal wasp nests will contain from 3,000 to 5,000 individuals and be up to 30cm across.

With the onset of cooler weather, the workers and mates may become tired and their feeding on ripe fruit can produce a "tipsy" behaviour, leading to aggression towards anyone interfering with them. The cold winter weather kills off all the workers and males and only the queen survives.

How can wasps be controlled?

Locate the nest and apply a residual insecticide. In general non-excitant sprays based on carbonate or organophosphorus, active ingredients, carbaryl benidocarb, idofenphos etc., are to be preferred to Pyrethroid based products.

Dusts: In general dust formulations applied to alighting areas or nest entrances are likely to be even more effective than liquid sprays. Again they should be applied to entrance sites preferably using injection tubes.

Aerosols: Most domestic types are not suitable and may cause the wasps to become excited.

Health and safety

If you intend treating the nest yourself:-

  • Read the instructions and label on use of the insecticide.

  • Follow the instructions.

  • Wear gloves, long sleeves, goggles plus any other protective equipment recommended.

  • If the nest is at a high level, use a safe set of steps. Do not use a stool or chair.

  • Only treat when activity at the nest is at a minimum i.e. cool of evening.

If the nest is inaccessible, or you are allergic to wasp stings, or unable to handle instructions, please please contact SDK Environmental Limited (Trading as DialAPest) on 03444 828 325.

Date of last review: 30 November 2015