If you’ve experienced a wasp nest before and are keen to prevent wasps from nesting in your home again, read our tips below.
A wasp will not knowingly return to a previous wasp nesting place and will never reuse an old nest. So, a nest this year, does not mean you will have another invasion next year. If you have wasp nests regularly, this will be due to your home or garden providing ideal nesting spots.
From early spring regularly check places in and around your home, such as your loft, shed, roof, garage, eaves, wall cavities, airbricks bushes and trees. It is from this time the queen wasp will find such a place to build her nest. You are looking for a lightly coloured hive shaped structure, which is often likened to a paper mache construction.
It’s much easier to treat a nest when it has been found early. It will start out as small as a golf ball and by summertime it can grow to the size of a football or bigger.
Like any pest, wasps will stay as close to a food source as possible. Avoid leaving food outside or on worktops. Ensure your food is stored in sealed containers or cupboards and keep your surfaces clean.
When you dispose of any food waste from your home, don’t let your bins become an ideal food source for wasps and other pests. Empty the bins inside your home regularly. Ensure your rubbish is in sealed bags and your indoor and outdoor bins have a lid that closes securely.
A wasp can squeeze through small holes or cracks in walls and eaves to nest in your loft, shed or garage. Check your property carefully and seal up any possible gaps you can find.
All these steps will help to prevent a wasp nest and can be time well spent. They will also help to keep other pests, such as mice, at bay too.