Should I block the entrance to a wasp nest?

DO NOT BLOCK THE ENTRANCE!!! This is one of the worst things that can be done to a wasp nest. By doing this the wasps are confined in a tight space and will quickly become agitated. If blocked in, wasps will chew through plasterboard, wood, and various other material to get out. We have attended nest where customers have injected expanding foam into the entrance, the wasps then made a new entrance which happened to be inside the house. If you have a nest and are unsure what to do, please call us and we can advise you. The same applies for bees and hornets

Identifying wasp nests

The simplest way to identify that you have a wasp nest on your property is to watch any wasps that are outside and see where they head too. Wasps generally use the same flight lines (similar to aircraft), if you notice wasps heading in the same direction and then coming from the same direction, there is a good chance that there is a nest present. If you have a nest in your home, either in the loft or other location on the property, you will see this constant stream arriving and leaving from the nest location. If you suspect that you have a nest, the first place to look is at the roof. If you have a nest in the loft, when the nest is large enough it will be obvious where the entrance is. If you cannot see wasps entering into the roof (under tiles etc) the next obvious places to check will be the soffit areas and facia, any air bricks that are in the walls, around the edges of patios and in your garden shed. Wasp can nest virtually anywhere, even in old mouse or vole holes, so watch the wasps and let them lead you to the nest location. Wasp nests are made from chewed wood and normally a greyish colour, but colour variations do occur. Both common wasps and European wasps make their nests in the same way from the same material, the only difference between common wasps and European wasps is the nest location. Common wasps nest in houses, sheds, holes in the ground, children's playhouses etc, European wasps nest in bushes, hedges and trees and shrubs.

Hornet nests

Hornets are similar to wasps and are classed as a wasp. Hornets are much larger in size than a common wasp. Hornet nests are made in the same way as normal wasp nests and are constructed from chewed wood. The nest can be built in many different locations, the favourite places being loft spaces and thatch roofs. A hornet sting is more potent than a standard wasp sting, but contrary to popular belief, a hornet is no more likely than a wasp to sting. They generally only sting when their nest is threatened. The treatment of a hornet nest is identical to that of a wasp nest.

picture of hornet nest

We have several photos of hornet nests, our collection continues to grow each year as we encounter more nests. Please click the link which will direct you to our page with pictures of hornet nests.

can wasps build a nest in a hole in brickwork of house

Yes! If there is a hole leading into the cavity of the wall, wasps will use this hole and build their nest within the cavity. Wasps need a certain amount of space to actually build thier nests, but this space does not need to be round, it can be flat and long such as a cavity in a wall.

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