Whether you are completely terrified of wasps or have a blasé attitude towards them, most people tend to panic when they see their yellow and black colourings. As soon as we realise there is a wasp in the house for example it becomes the upmost priority to get it out as quickly as possible, and that usually involves running about screeching and flailing ones arms. It’s when you start to discover 1, 2 3, 4 or more that there is a real issue afoot.
There is a good chance if there is an abundance of wasps around your property that there is a nest somewhere lurking near by.
How To Locate A Wasps Nest
Finding wasps nests isn’t as easy as you might expect, the best way to go about it is to spend some time in the garden watching their movements and see where they go. Indeed you may feel the need to swat at them if they fly near you but it’s better to try to stay out of their way and let them do their thing.
If you find you cannot follow them or they disappear to somewhere inaccessible then you could leave out something to entice them, i.e bait, remember, wasps are carnivores! Once the wasps have detected a food source they will keep returning until it’s gone.
Wasp Nest Sizes
Wasps nests vary in size depending on what part of the season it is, so earlier in the Spring / Summer the nest might be rather small as the queen will still be busy building her nest by herself and getting ready to produce her first offspring of worker wasps. They are usually the size of a golf ball at this point.
As summer progresses the queen focuses on reproduction and then the worker wasps take on the role of continuing to build the nest. This is when wasps nests can get rather large, up to the size of a football.
Top 10 Most Common Places To Find Wasps Nests On Your Property
Wasps are not particularly funny about where they build their nests so this can sometimes present a bit of a challenge when trying to locate them. However wasps do prefer to build their nests somewhere dry and sheltered, dark places with easy access to wood (which they chew up to build the nest) A constant food supply is also necessary for a budding wasp colony. It’s also worth mentioning that wasps nests are not necessarily round in form, they can take many different shapes usually to fill whatever space it is they are building their nest in.
So here are the most common places we tend to find wasps nests located:
- Roofing eaves
- Garden sheds and garden shed eaves
- Wall cavities
- Loft spaces
- Compost heaps
- Outdoor dog kennels
- Logs or wood stores
- Trees and bushes
- Garden decking
If you locate a wasps nest it is imperative that you do not attempt to remove the nest yourself as being stung by one wasp releases a hormone which sends the whole colony into a stinging frenzy which if you are allergic to wasp stings can prove to be fatal.