Bees and wasps | Bees and wasps | Oldham Council
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Wasps are much less furry than bees. They are yellow and black in colour.

Signs that you have an infestation

  • If you are seeing large numbers of wasps or bees, there is likely to be a nest nearby.
  • Wasps produce a papery material to build their nests, which they tend to build in sheltered spots. Check under trees and bushes, in sheds or garages, and under eaves. Initially, they might be the size of a golf ball, but they will grow much larger if undetected.

Problems caused by wasps and bees

Wasps and bees can be a nuisance if you have food or drinks outside. They can deliver a painful sting which, in most cases, causes no long term harm, but can be life threatening if you are allergic to stings.

Honey bees

As bees are an endangered species, it is always preferable to have them relocated if possible. Honey bees may be removed by a local beekeeper. You can get help with finding one on the Oldham Beekeepers website:


Wasps have the potential to attack in large numbers if their nest is disturbed. Please do not attempt to destroy or move a wasp nest yourself. Seek professional help.

Cost: £54 for a one-off treatment, this is for one nest. Additional nests are treated on the same visit, at a cost of  £15 per nest. Normally nests can be treated using telescopic poles, but if two officers are required for ladder work, there is an additional fee of £15 for the second officer.

Please note that nests are treated not removed.


If you book a treatment, there are things that you need to do before and after the visit. It is very important that you follow these instructions to ensure that the treatment is successful.

Wasps or bees treatment instructions


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