Managing wasp nests: removal cost, prevention and identifying the problem

With around 9,000 species of wasps in the UK, you’re likely to see a fair few buzzing around your home. From landing on your food to flying around your face, these creatures can become quite a nuisance when they come out in full force during warmer months.

Even before the summer, wasps can cause havoc when they begin to build their nests in the spring. The search for a new home usually begins around Easter. When queen wasps wake from hibernation and when the perfect spot is found, a queen will start building the nest where she lays her first batch of eggs as the weather warms up.  When these grow up they continue to build and the queen will continue to lay eggs throughout the summer and autumn. 

You’d be surprised about some of the places where wasps choose to build their nest, and when they choose your home or workplace it can be dangerous for them as well as you, your family and employees. 

If this situation applies to you, or want some tips about how wasps nests should be tackled, this blog will explain all you need to know.

Signs there’s a wasps nest nearby

Sometimes nests pop up as a complete surprise, but you may be able to spot some signs of a wasps nest nearby. A mature nest can contain thousands of wasps so one of the top signs of a nest in your property is seeing large numbers of wasps around as they travel to and from the nest..

What is a wasp nest?

Wasp nests are easy to distinguish from a bee problem due to their distinctive papery look. This is produced by wasps chewing wood fibre into a pulp-like mixture that combines with their saliva. Each nest varies in size, but some of the larger nests can hold up to 10,000 wasps during peak times – this is why it’s so important to hire a professional service to deal with nests and never tackle them yourself. Nests are built from wood fibres broken down into a pulp so you may see damage to trees, decking and fences nearby.

Where are they built?

Wasps usually build their nests in areas that are sheltered from the elements, safe from predators and warm. And although they usually choose to do this in trees, if they’re looking for somewhere inaccessible for intruders, you may find that they nest in the eaves of your house, in chimneys, windows, outbuildings, lofts and even underground. If you do find a wasps nest in your home, it will usually be in an area that you don’t use as much as the rest of your house – so you may get a surprise!

What should you look out for?

If you suspect there could be a wasps nest in your home, business or workplace, the first sign you’ll probably spot is an increase of wasps in the area. An unusual level of wasps suggests their nest could be nearby, so, at a safe distance, it might be a good idea to follow their path and locate the nest if possible. 

You should also look out for:

  • – Buzzing sounds
  • – Increase of wasps around your property
  • – An increase of dead wasps in the area
  • – Missing strips from nearby wooden structures

If you spot any of these signs and suspect you have wasps nearby that could cause danger to those in the vicinity, Eliminate LTD is the professional pest control service that you need. With teams throughout Scotland and Northern England, our expert team knows exactly what to do if wasps are infesting your home. Call us today and find out how we can help.

How to prevent wasps nesting or entering your home

Although it can be hard to remove wasps nests, there are some practical tips that you can follow. In this section, we’ll talk you through some of the main ones.

Eliminate opportunities

Because of their small size, wasps are able to get into your property through even the smallest of gaps. To prevent this, take a thorough look around the building paying attention to cracks in window sills and doors. During the summer, you need to keep your home and workplace well ventilated, which means opening your windows which also makes it easier for wasps to enter. To get around this, invest in fly screens that will stop wasps from coming in but still allow air into your home.

Wasps eat a wide range of invertebrates such as spiders, caterpillars and flies. It is not uncommon to find a nest in a compost bin, food waste bucket or wheelie bin. Keep lids closed to reduce access to food sources.

Wasps have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and taste, so even the slightest trace of food on our skin can prove attractive. Be careful not to dribble your ice cream cone. Spills on your clothes can attract wasps and increase chances of being stung.

Wasps are attracted to sweet smells so storing fruit in refrigerator or sealed container can cut down on attractive smells.

Wasp traps can be installed in your garden, this will attract wasps to them rather than to your property. There are lots of home made options as well as options from garden centres. If you are needing something a bit stronger, contact Eliminate.

Check on vulnerable areas

Lofts, garages and outbuildings are often a favoured place for wasps to build their nests – this is because they are less used than the rest of the house and more protected than trees. However, this also means that you might not discover the nest for a few months and could be in for a shock. Make sure you check on these areas especially during the spring and summer – that way you can call a professional service before the problem escalates. 

What’s involved in wasp nest removal?

You should never attempt to remove a wasps nest as this is extremely unsafe. Furthermore, you may unknowingly have a wasp allergy, and if you are stung during wasp removal this can be life-threatening if you are unaware of your allergy and aren’t treated quickly. Instead, hire a trained pest controller who will do the job safely and efficiently. You also need to know when the best time is to tackle a nest, and even then wasps can be unpredictable. Nest are easier to treat during late spring and early summer when they are still small, it may also be easier to remove at night when wasps are less active. 

What shouldn’t you do

Never be tempted to remove a wasps nest yourself, even if you believe you have the right advice. For example, many DIY methods recommend using fire to burn the wasp nest – this is very dangerous as the papery substance of the nest will become flammable and could lead to the wasps becoming violent as well as the risk of you sustaining serious burns. Furthermore, this method may not kill the wasps, and you may find that they simply make another nest somewhere else on your property. You should also never try to use water as a way of flooding out a nest. Again, this won’t solve the problem and will only aggravate the wasps further.

What methods are used?

Before going ahead with any wasp treatment, the professional technician will assess the situation to decide on the best course of action. Each service will use a different method and removal of the nest is not always necessary as the problem can still be treated. 

Pesticides: Nests that are above ground are usually treated with a pesticide spray, this will contaminate the nest and kill off the wasps inside. In most cases, this method stays active for several days, so as more wasps return they will too come in contact with the pesticide.

Eliminate: The experts in wasp control and other pest solutions

Are you wondering – is there a wasp exterminator near me?

With Pest Control Technicians throughout Scotland and Northern England, Eliminate, have experience removing wasps, bees, insects, rodents and much more. Make sure your home or workplace is safe, by relying on our professional team to deal with the problem efficiently and prevent it from returning. Contact us today and learn more about our services or arrange a call-out today.