Tag Archives: Wasps

What is the best wasp nest

9 Sep

Bayer is seeking the UK’s most impressive wasp nest and they are currently running a competition for pest controllers to send in their entries.

At Abate Pest Management we have treated lots of wasp nests over the past few weeks for both domestic and commercial clients, but most of these nests are in roof trusses and lofts, nothing like these!

One entry is a nest that over the course of a year had clung to the hem of a shirt in a wardrobe.

Plus a  nest that was built on the duvet of a bed in a terraced house. According to Andrew the nest only took a few weeks to grow to this size after the resident moved out.

“Well I’ll Bee Bug***ed”

13 Jun

For most of us the thought of eating anything with more than four legs (apart from sea food), or something that is smaller than your thumb, makes our stomachs turn inside out.

We would normally tend to kill those creepy crawly creatures that annoy us or that we feel repulsed by.

Of Course we are talking insects; bugs; spiders and all the other things that make us cringe.

But there are plenty of other countries around the world that regularly eat these things as a daily food source. The word we use for eating insects is: ENTOMOPHAGY. there are 36 countries in Africa, 29 in Asia, 23 in the Americas and 11 in Europe that partake in the consumption of eating insects etc.

A whole industry of bug harvesting and preparation are thriving in but America, and that’s good because the U.N. thinks bugs are the missing ingredients in the recipe called, “Not Letting People Starve”.

We are all used to popping down to the local take-a-way for an Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Kebab, Pizza or a portion of Fish ‘n’ Chips. But the U.N. wants to capture the passion of encouraging restaurants to create insect delicacies. So in the future we could see ourselves after a night out popping down to the local take-a-way for a cockroach burger, mealworm pizza or a portion of Wichetty Grub and Fries.

If we see changes in how restaurants prepare and serve new types of food, would we be tempted to try it?

Do some of us scoff at eating offal? Are we concerned for what goes into process foods? Which we know are mostly full of sugar, fat, E-numbers and god knows what else are in the ingredients.

We are creatures of habit. If something looks wrong or looks disgusting, we are very unlikely to even give it a try.

But do you know? We are already eating insects of a daily basis. The FDA already allows bits of bug parts and rat hairs in your food, though these are very minute amounts, they are still in there. So unless you are strictly organic, no-processed-foods at all people, you’ve been ingesting insect all along.

The Cochineal insect (pictured) lives in cacti.

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When it is ground up, they make an edible dye that has been used in everything from a well-known coffee to ice-cream.

So it’s not just a case of the above or roach legs that have accidently slipped in your peanut butter, it is also a fair possibility that you are already eating pulverized bugs that were knowingly included in your food.

So why don’t we take the bull by the horns (or should that be the ‘Hornworm’)

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 Hornworm

 

and recognize what we have been eating all along. Then maybe we could take it one step further and look at the possibility of eating insects and maybe including them in our daily diet.

So if you are interested here is a list of insect you might want to consider:

  • Agave Worms
  • Ants (carpenter ants, leaf-cutter ants, honeypot ants and lemon ants).
  • Bamboo Worm
  • Bees
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Crickets
  • Dragonflies
  • Dungbeetles
  • Earth worms
  • Fly Papae
  • Flying Ants
  • Grasshoppers
  • Honeypot Ants (pictured)  

Honeypot Ants

  • Hormworms
  • Jumilies (pictured)

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  • June Bug
  • Locusts
  • Louse
  • Mopane Worms
  • Midge Fies
  • Nsenenes
  • Pill-bugs
  • Sago Grubs
  • Silk Worms
  • Scorpions
  • Tarantulas
  • Termites
  • Wasps
  • Walking Sticks (pictured)

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  • Water Bugs
  • Wax Worms
  • Wichetty Grubs (pictured)

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  • Zaza-mushies

So…….. BON APPETITE

Where do wasps go?

25 Jul

 

WASPS

 

Although it seems the rain has been relentless, the July heat is fighting back with surprisingly high temperatures in the last few weeks. And so, despite the treacherous rainfall, the humble wasp continues to work. Unfortunately the position of their nests can often cause problems. Untouched and undisturbed, wasps remain harmless. But when the position of their nest collides with our daily routine, whether it be in the attic or the shed, stables or barns, the outcome can be, let’s say, confrontational.

 

So it would help if we could recognise what a wasp’s nest looks like and, perhaps more importantly, what to do when one crosses our path. Firstly, this ‘eternal feud’ is not helped by the fact that wasps like to live near us, in our roofs, in our walls… So the danger of being stung can be just around the corner…expect the unexpected!

 

In hot weather, when the nest is fully established, the nest will be easy to recognise as there will be a constant stream of wasps in and out of the entrance. Often with common wasps an structural nest is not visible; a hole in the wall will do…

If they are becoming a nuisance, just give us a call and we will be able to give you some advice and come out sort out any issues.

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Are they Wasps or Bees?

29 May

Pest Management isn’t just about preventing and removing rats and pigeons, it’s so much more including helping move those all important bees to a safe place.

This time of year we are usually already in the swing of gardening, BBQs and general summer mode. However the recent weather up to about a week or so ago has hindered us and the insect world, so spare a thought for them as they are working twice as hard to play catch up and help keep the planet spinning.

Bees are swarming now the warm spell is here but don’t be afraid of them as they are not interested in us. Queens will land to rest which can be almost anywhere but usually south to south west facing. Be proactive! know and find out who your local beekeepers are and have their phone number to hand. They would usually be more than happy to come and take the nest away if they can get to the queen. We need bees to help us and so we will only treat them as an absolute last resort and only if it is a threat to public health.

Please remember Bees swarm and wasps don’t as quite a few people get caught out thinking they have wasps. Wasp nests are imminent as the weather has dramatically changed, although it is usually a few more weeks yet before we start getting lots of calls for them.

So, can you tell the difference

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Danger danger! Wasps are on their way

1 May

There was recently an article in the Cardiology Journal that said the number of fatalities due to wasp stings could exceed 1000 this year.  Sorry if this is a bit ‘doom and gloomish’, but I felt that everyone should be aware.  Apparently, a wasp sting can trigger a cardiac arrest – not necessarily at the time of the sting, but several days later.  It’s known as Kounis Syndrome. or allergic angina syndrome and  is a diagnosis in which exposure to an allergen causes mostly coronary spasm and rarely plaque rupture, resulting in ischemic myocardial events.

We are pleased to say that we stock Waspbane which is proven to be 97.5% more effective than other traps, to reduce the incidence of wasps.  Not only are wasps a pain in the proverbial ruining picnics (should it ever stop raining), but, in some cases can be very dangerous indeed; why take the risk?  Contact us for advice on all pest control – we can help!