This article will be useful to you if you are concerned you may have a wasps nest develop throughout the season and want to be vigilant so as to get it spotted and dealt with early. It covers some of the most common places around the home you are likely to find a wasp infestation.
We have found many queens have selected lofts as an ideal location for them to start their nest. Very few people could claim that their loft or roof space is completely free of small gaps or holes where a queen wasp could enter.
It is worth keeping an eye on loft spaces. If you see a ‘ball’ that looks a little like papier mache suspended from a beam or rafters then you may well have a wasps nest developing.
Another indication is the presence of drone wasps entering or returning through a gap in roof tiles, house fascias etc. You may just see the odd one if it is early in the season.
If you have ever been followed by an aggressive wasp outside you will know how alarming it can be. So just imagine being pursued by many wasps defending their nest in a dark, confined space. That is why attempting to treat a wasps nest you find in your loft is not such a good idea.
For professional help from a pest controller dressed appropriately in protective clothing and equipped with the correct insecticidal applicators to treat the nest for you – call 0121 443 1111 or email us here.
Another location you can commonly find a wasps nest is in a hole in brickwork or a garden wall. It can provide the ideal cover for a queen when selecting somewhere to go about her nest development.
Of course this can create a hazard for pets or a risk to curious children. As the nest becomes more active it can also potentially ruin the pleasure people get from their garden during the summer months. Also hazards can exist when cutting back ivy, shrubs and bushes which conceal a wall. Disturbing the nest inadvertently with garden tools can lead to a nasty shock if it tears the nest.
Underground / In trees and bushes
Dolichovespula sylvestris (tree wasp) are also fairly prevalent in the UK.
The nest will probably look something like the nest shown in this video.
The wasps themselves have one dot on their face. You should be cautious if a hole in the ground appears to have wasps flying in and out and you may also see a nest suspended in a bush or tree.
Long ribbons of papier mache is the ‘look’ that gives away the presence of this species nest.
Again take care when gardening or cutting back bushes and trees in case a nest is uncovered, damaged or disturbed. Wasps often won’t hesitate to attack you if they recognise you as a threat to their nest.
Garden sheds and outhouses
As many home owners tend to be less active in the garden during winter and cooler early spring, this makes many sheds and outhouses an undisturbed and therefore ideal nesting place for a queen wasp to choose to start the nest.
Moving garden tools and apparatus, especially in a shed which is full and so has restricted movement, can lead to damaging a wasps nest and therefore an attack.
The first few times you go to get the lawnmower or garden equipment out, glance along beams, at the sides of the shed and along the inside of the roof as well as on the underside of any shelving or racking. If you see the tell-tale sign of a ball of mulched wood or suspended nest stretching down then please contact us at our West Midlands office on 0121 443 1111. We can also be emailed here.