Wasps Are A Common Problem
We often get asked “how do I know I have a wasp nest”, we hope this blog will help you. Wasp nests are a common pest problem during the summer months and can be dangerous if removal is attempted without knowledge and experience. Our advice every time would be to get a professional in to deal with it if you find you have one, so it is important for you to know you have a wasp nest in the first place. We will, therefore, be covering the following points during this article:
- What are the signs that I have a wasp nest?
- What does a wasp nest look like?
- where would I find a wasp nest?
- What do I do if I have a wasp nest?
What are the signs that I have a wasp nest?
As we move into June, we now find ourselves moving into the wasp season and there are a few things you can do to identify if you have a possible nest. Firstly, it is early days so you won’t get a mass of activity however because of the small amounts of activity you may not even know you have a problem. So, what can be done? Well, the first thing is vigilance, as wasps tend to use the same flight pattern to a known food source and as the nest gets bigger the more you will see. If the nest is in your house or building, then you will see a constant flow of wasps leaving and returning and generally they will be using the same entrance.
What does a wasp nest look like?
Another thing to look out for is the actual nest itself. If you see activity, for example, going in and out of your shed, then you may be able to identify the nest but be careful you don’t get stung. The nests themselves are a feat of engineering; it amazes me how they can build such a structure. The nest starts the size of a golf ball and is normally wood colour as they build it by chewing wood and making it into a pulp, this is then used to form the nest. As the colony grows, so does the nest and the queen are busy producing female workers.
Where would I find a wasp nest?
The commonplace we find wasps nest are as follows:
- Wasps in the loft found normally by someone entering the loft and reporting wasps buzzing around the light or seeing wasps fly in and out from under a roof tile. Wasp nest in my shed, there are lots of east entry points to allow wasps access to the shed.
- Wasp nest in the ground which is sometimes tied into a dead root system or the root system of a dead tree creating voids in the ground.
Wasps are attracted by light
We get a lot of calls from customers, where they have had to go up in their loft for a reason such as getting the suitcases down for their holiday and when they have put the light on, wasps have gathered around the light buzzing away. This is an indication that you have a wasp nest in your loft and by putting the light on you have disturbed them. They will always head for light.
Workman going up in your loft to do work such as a plumber or electrician will soon let you know if there are wasps up there as they normally refuse to do any work till it is sorted. Also, British Gas policy is to not go into a loft if it has a nest in it, that includes old dormant nests so they must be cleared or treated before they will enter.
What do I do if I have a wasp nest?
We often get call outs for wasps that are buzzing in large numbers around bushes such as laurel. It’s not because there is a nest there but the wax on the leaf creates a good bonding material for the nest and normally a good feeding ground for insects as well. There is not a lot we can do in this situation as there is no nest to treat. In all these situations you need to be very careful to look after yourself because wasps will sting if they feel threatened. Anaphylactic shock can kill if it is not treated and you don’t even know you suffer from it, so we would always recommend if you have a wasp problem and don’t know how to deal with it then call in a professional to deal with the problem. I visited a site in the past that the owner ended up in hospital because he attempted to deal with a wasp nest himself and due to a lack of knowledge found himself trapped in a loft being stung by an angry colony.
We hope this has helped to establish “How will I know if I have got a wasp nest”. If you would like more advice or to book a treatment then contact us and we can help, or go to BPCA website and find us on Find a Pest Controller.