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bees/ wasps nest - help me please I can't stand it..............

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chocbutton Tue 22-Jul-08 15:21:03

Can't tell what that little buggers are but they are flying in and out of a gap under the flashing (think this is what it is called?) between the brick and roof tiles over our bay window. There are loads of them and I am keeping the doors and windows shut for fear of them zooming in the house.

What do i do? I like bees (DS loves them) so don't want to do anything mean to them. But if they are wasps then they are mean and nasty and deserve everything they get! Can they do any damage?

Had a look on our councils website but it is rubbish and only mentions rats and mice.
What shall I do?

PinkPussyCat Tue 22-Jul-08 15:26:20

Ah we had this one year - funnily enough they were so busy flying back and forth to the nest that they didn't bother us at all - and I really hate wasps too so-
Once they had all gone (we weren't brave enough to do anything while they were still there!) we used this stuff called Wasp's nest destroyer foam' from Tesco which had a long nozzle for shoving into narrow gaps.

Can you post a pic on your profile so we can confirm whether they are in fact wasps?

PinkPussyCat Tue 22-Jul-08 15:27:37

Ooh meant to say then we filled in the gap so they couldn't come back the following year!

chocbutton Tue 22-Jul-08 16:28:57

thanks PPC - will try and get a pic later.
Like the idea of letting them leave and then destroying the nest, as don't really want to get too close to be honest!

mum2taylor Tue 22-Jul-08 16:37:34

We had both, so think yourself lucky wink!!!

The wasps nest was in the shed and the bees nest was under the house (well still is actually).

The council came out to remove the wasps nest for a fee (£35) but they couldnt remove the bees nest as they are protected as they are not classed as pests, whereas wasps are! For what its worth, the man from the council told us that the wasps would not come near you as they were too busy working...you should have seen the nest that they had built...amazing. Still glad they're gone though grin.

UnquietDad Tue 22-Jul-08 16:39:27

If it's wasps, you can buy some stuff to zap them. Really good - like foam that evaporates - shrivels the nest up like a rotten fruit and leaves the little buggers stiff and dead.

If it's bees, you can't. Well... shouldn't.

PinkPussyCat Tue 22-Jul-08 16:42:02

No I left it to dh, scared in case there were any 'stragglers!'

Tbh that year we had the least bother with them, they were so intent on their journey in + out of our garden, and they seemed to have an actual 'flight path' that they kept to! And you could sit right underneath this path and be totally ignored so it was fine...

Most local councils no longer get rid of wasps nests unfortunately.

PinkPussyCat Tue 22-Jul-08 16:43:38

Ah but you know where you are with bees, UQD. They don't have a hidden agenda like wasps!

chocbutton Tue 22-Jul-08 20:00:16

shock shuddering at thought of bees and wasps.....
will try and get photographic evidence tomorrow when not raining

I think whatever they are they do seem to have a plan, i.e. not buzzing randomly around - perhaps I am overreacting to them hmm

I shall report back tomorrow with my evidence! thanks all for help so far!

woodstock3 Sat 26-Jul-08 21:43:04

if they're wasps get a man from the council to come out and zap them with white foam (if your council doesnt offer a wasps nest service it will tell you where to go instead)
if they are bees, they are probably a swarm from someone's honey bee hive and you may well find a beekeper will be glad to come and take them for you (free new hive) for them. look up if you have a local branch of the british beekeepers assocaition (www.britishbee.org.uk). they also have some info on their webpages about how to identify nests of various things.

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