There are two main wasp species that cause problems in the UK. The German Wasp, Vespula Germanica and the Common Wasp, Vespula Vulgaris. German Wasps normally nest in the ground or in bushes, whereas the Common Wasp is more often found within structures created by man however, is also found in the ground and bushes. Dealing with wasp nests can be dangerous as they can sting multiple times unlike the bee and will attack anyone that ventures too near to their nest. A nest begins life the size of a small ball and after several months of growth the nest can get as big as several beach balls clumped together.
Beekeepers are not able to deal with Wasps as they tend to need to be exterminated and Beekeepers are not licensed to do this. Contact a pest control company or the Local Council.
Wasps have benefits to nature, they eat green and black fly helping gardeners and farmers.
Often people fear the Hornet even more than they do wasps, probably due to its size. They are also branded as being an aggressive species with a dangerous and very painful sting.
Hornets build communal nests by chewing wood to make a papery pulp. Each nest has one queen, who lays eggs and is attended by workers.
Most species make exposed nests in trees and shrubs, but some (Vespa Orientalis) build their nests underground or in other cavities.
Nests die over the winter, with lone Queens hibernating in leaf litter or other insulated material until the Spring.
Beekeepers are unable to assist with the removal of Hornet nests.
Please see below for information on the Asian Hornet and identification sheet.