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Where do wasps build their nests?

September 20th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services, wasps

Wasps like to build their nests in some crazy places, and in this post, we answer the question,  “where do wasps build their nests?” as well as provide some tips on getting rid of wasps.

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Wasps tend to build nests in areas that are out of reach of humans

You’ll often find wasp nests in areas that are generally left alone by humans and that don’t get a lot of traffic. Unfortunately, this means that their nests tend to be in hard to reach places that are difficult to get rid of on your own. This doesn’t mean that they are specifically avoiding people, but they are looking for places that will be protected from the elements and free from predators.

We always recommend reaching out to a pest control service in the case of any wasp issues as wasps can be extremely dangerous and even deadly if someone happens to also be allergic to them.

Typical places tend to be in areas like roof eaves, behind window shutters, sheds, barns, and outdoor playhouses among other things. Wasps don’t really limit where they build, and the kinds of places they do can sometimes be quite unusual.

If you are seeing wasps but aren’t sure of where their nest is, the best way to find it is to watch the various flight patterns of the wasps you see. Often they will end up leading you right to their nest.

You usually won’t necessarily see the nest itself as the nest is just as likely hidden behind something as out in the open, and you may only be seeing the entrance of the nest or a stream of wasps coming in and out. Of course keep your distance to avoid being stung when searching for the nest.

Below are a few pictures of the crazy places you can find wasp nests and how hidden they can be

Wasp nest hidden under a sod patch

Wasp nest in a wall void

What could be causing wasp problems near your home

You may be attracting wasps to your home and not even know it. The two main reasons that wasps end up hanging around your home is that there is either a food source or building material sources for their nests.

When you eliminate these two factors, it can go a long way to keeping wasps away from your home.  Wasps tend to work together in groups when they feed so one wasp can quickly turn in to dozens if not hundreds.

Properly sealing outdoor garbage cans or recycling bins can be an effective strategy for reducing wasp activity. Often, recycling bins are filled with things like soda cans, juice cartons, and beer cans among other things. These sweet substances that are left behind, that many people never rinse out, can be a perfect attractant for wasps.

Also, if you have rotting fruit, meat, or other food sources left out in your garbage that isn’t covered, those items will also attract wasps. Keep in mind that just swinging the lid shut on a garbage can is not enough to stop the smell from attracting wasps to it. Even if you can’t smell it, the wasps can. Another area that some people don’t pay attention to is their gardens.

If you have a garden on your property, it could be another area wasps like to hang out. Often fruit or vegetables can drop on the ground and start to rot and decay.

It probably isn’t the end of the world for the soil and other plants in the garden to leave these fruits and veggies rot, but it is one thing that can attract wasps.

Some building materials to watch out for could be wood pile stacks or twigs and branches left near your home. When wood is rotting, or just simply easily accessible many wasps will take advantage of that to gather some quick building materials. Sometimes this is simply wood from decking that isn’t properly sealed.

Wasps create their nests out of chewed up wood pulp, and if you have wood piles lying around it’s a perfect source to gather that pulp. When wood is sometimes rotting it makes it even easier for wasps to gather it.

If you have a garden, uncovered trash, and wood piles around your home you may become an easy target for wasps. Be sure to pay attention to any clustering wasps near your home as you may have a wasp nest on your hands, and if you do develop wasp issues, make sure to reach out to a pest control professional to get rid of the problem.

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