When trying to identify a wasp’s nest you need to get and idea of what is going on by observing the wasps and their behaviour. Mid-summer when a wasp nest will be fully established it will be obvious to find the entrance as there will be wasps constantly traveling to and from the nest. In most cases the nest itself will not be visible as it will have been made inside a hole in the shed, wall, fascia or soffits etc. So, in order to identify a wasp nest, you will have to keep an eye on the wasp activity for a while and you will see them get to the entrance of the nest and disappear into a hole and see others emerging from the hole.
What to Look For
If wasps are a regular visitor in your garden then it is likely that you have a wasp nest or there is one near by and there is a favourable food source in your garden that the wasps are feeding on. Wasps tend to like sweet foods and dead flesh! If you have a lime tree in your garden these tend to attract a lot of wasps as they produce a lot of sweet sap. Wasp’s feed in swarms, so when a wasp finds a good food source they will relay information back at the nest and return with many more wasps to feed so one wasp can quickly turn into hundreds. If wasps are a big problem in your garden then you should check what could be attracting them, look for sweet foods that may have been left out, meats thrown in an outdoor bin, also dead wood as this is a common nesting material for wasps. If you find wasps stripping wood from your fence or shed, then you should treat the area with Cuprinool. If you think that the nest is at your property, then keep watching them to identify their flight patterns and where you see the most activity will likely be the location of the nest.
The most obvious place to look for a wasp nest is at yours or your neigh ours roof, specifically around the fascia’s and soffits. If after inspecting there you can’t, see any sign of a wasp nest the next place to look would be sheds and garages. Just standing outside and observing should be enough to establish is a wasp nest is present.
Do Wasps Build Nests Inside?
If you are finding wasps in your home regular, then it is possible that you may have a wasp nest somewhere inside your home. More often than not wasps will find their way into your home through the loft and it has been known for wasps to build nests in bedroom cupboards, ceilings and many other surprising places to it is possible for wasps to build a nest in your home!
Do Wasps Build Nests Underground?
It can be quite difficult to spot a wasp nest that is in the ground as it may be covered by leaves or other debris on the ground. However, if you regularly see wasps coming and going from the same area then it is likely that that is the location of a nest. Likely places wasps will build a nest are, under patio slabs, compost heaps, bins, garden walls, under roof tiles, bird boxes, kids playhouses, coal bunkers, air bricks, wall cavities and so on.
Unlike bee’s wasps do not swam, so if you see a large mass of insects gathered in one space such as a tree branch or on a wall then it is likely to be a swarm of honey bees. These can be a nuisance if they have taken up residence at your home. Honey bees can be safely removed by calling in a professional. However, it is important to consider that in the case of bumble bees it may be more difficult to remove the nest.
If you think you have a wasp problem, require a wasp nest removing or need help identifying what type of nest you have at your property then contact Advance Pest Control Bristol