Some Tips On The Control Of Wasps And Removing Wasps Nests

How to Find a Wasp’s Nest and What to Do Next

If you’ve noticed a high number of wasps in a particular area recently, there is a good chance that there’s a nest somewhere close by.

Wasps, unlike bees, are a very unwelcome sight in any home or garden and are known for being a great deal more aggressive than their honey-making ‘cousins’. They are able to sting multiple times and will defend their nests against anything deemed a disturbance.

Ordinarily, attacking humans isn’t a common activity for a wasp, but when the nest becomes overcrowded and the temperature rises, they can become extremely agitated and will sting with little provocation

How do you find the nest?

Wasps will often build their nests in trees, inside lofts, on the edges of roofs and in sheds or garages. If you’re particularly unlucky, the nest may actually be inside your home. There have been reports of them being found in the corners of quieter rooms and even inside wardrobes.

It’s imperative that you locate the nest as soon as possible to ensure the safety of yourself and your loved ones. To do this, spend some time observing the flight patterns of the wasps. You should begin to notice them coming and going from a single location. If you follow them back to the source, you should see the nest.


A Guide to Finding Wasps Nest in Your Property

Common Paper Wasps are the most widespread wasp variety found in Melbourne. The life cycle of a wasp begins in the late spring when the days start to warm. The queen chooses a nest site and starts building the nest by shredding wood. When she chews the wood, her saliva turns into a wax-type material which helps to build the nest. Then, the queen wasp starts laying eggs inside these cells. The eggs will hatch and she will forage for food to feed the larvae. By midsummer, the larvae becomes adult, making the nest densely populated. In late summer and early autumn, fertile females and drones are produced.

Common Paper Wasps offer some ecological benefits such as pollination, parasitism, and predation. However, wasps can give you a painful sting as it becomes very offensive particularly in autumn. Since Common Paper Wasp nest are commonly found in a residential area, people might start to notice the increasing presence of wasps and unintentional interference to their nest is often unavoidable. They won’t tolerate any interference to their nest and many people in Melbourne get stung by wasps

Is It A Wasp or A Bee?

Bees (especially honey bees) and wasps are often mistaken for one another. While both are capable of stinging people, there are some noticeable differences between them. One of them is wasps have a slender body that narrows along the waist area that is shiny sleek. On the other hand, bees have tiny hairs all over their bodies.

Where to Look for The Wasps Nests?

Wasps cover up their nests within the roof spaces or wall voids of a building, making it extremely difficult to find them. You can often find wasp nests in roof spaces, bird boxes, wall cavities, under eaves, garages and shades.

Follow the Flight Path:

As wasps return to the nest to feed their queen, you can see them leaving their nest frequently throughout the day. If you follow the flight path of the swarming wasp, you can find the nest location.


Wasp, Hornet, and Yellow Jacket Inspection Guide

There are thousands of wasp species that can be found across the United States, including yellow jackets and mud daubers. Some wasps can be beneficial to gardens as they are pollinators and natural predators of pests that eat crops. Wasps can be solitary, meaning they live alone, or social, meaning they live in a group in a nest.

What Do Wasp Nests Look Like?

Wasp nests vary depending on the species that makes them. Social wasps tend to make their nests above ground while solitary wasps mostly make their nests below ground.

Where are Wasp Nests Found?

Wasps make their nests in areas that are generally not disturbed. Solitary wasps usually make nests below ground while social wasps make their nests above ground

Above ground wasp and hornet nests can be found in the following places:

In trees

In bushes

Beneath decks and patios

Beneath the eaves of a house

In a crack or crevice of a house or building

Behind shutters

On or near outdoor light fixtures

On playgrounds

On mailbox stands

Inside unused grills


These Are The Tips You Need If You Hate Wasps

Even though there are plenty of things that I love about the summertime, there are a few things about it that I wish I didn’t have to endure. Because although summer brings longer days, patio weather, and family vacations, it is also responsible for sunburns, oppressive temperatures, and of course, wasps.

Wasps can be nuisance during most of the year, but they often don’t become a real problem until the late summer. That’s because late in the summer, wasp colonies stop breeding new workers and start focusing on food instead. Humans often have food that wasps want, so one thing leads to another, and someone ends up on the wrong end of a sting. (Wasps are very rude that way!)

Simple Ways To Get Rid Of Wasps

Look For Nests

The first step to getting rid of wasps is making sure there aren’t any living in or around your home already. Take a few minutes to walk around the outside of your house, and look for holes, broken panels, and loose siding where wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets could build a nest. Make repairs to these areas ASAP.

If you discover a nest, you’ll have to spray it to kill the wasps. It’s best to do it in the early morning or late at night, and be sure to wear heavy clothing. Aim at the main opening, which is usually near the bottom of the nest. Spray a stead stream of the wasp spray for at least 10 seconds, then take refuge indoors. (If your attempt to get rid of them was unsuccessful, better to try again tomorrow!)

Put Away Food

Don’t let wasps ruin your backyard barbecue! As soon as everyone’s done eating, take a few minutes to pack up any leftovers and put the food away. The sooner you get the food covered up, the less likely you are to have wasp, yellow jacket, and hornet problems. (Oh, and make sure to keep garbage cans covered too!)


Wasp Nests

Locate Wasp Nests

Are wasps bothering you around your home, deck and garden? You might suspect there is a wasp nest somewhere but how do you find it?

If you think there is a wasp nest close by, perhaps because there are many wasps around your home or garden, here are some tips in finding the nest site so you can destroy the wasps and stay safe.

Identify the wasps – to see if they are either common, German or paper wasps and ensure they are not beneficial honey bees, bumblebees or hoverflies.

Watch the wasps – Wasps are not naturally aggressive so you can safely watch wasp activity from a few metres away. The wasps may be feeding at flowers, chewing on wooden fencing, a spill of sugary drink or other food. Once they have fed they will tend to fly in a straight line back to their nest.

Bait and watch – You can put out food/bait for the wasps such as cat food or tinned fish and they will scoop up a lump and carry it back to their nest. You may be able to follow the wasps carrying their load of bait.

Follow – After 5-10 minutes watching the wasps, you will get an idea of the direction of the nest. Follow the wasps and look for somewhere the wasps are funnelling into a hole. You may see wasps flying in the opposite direction out of the hole in search of food.

Paper wasps – paper wasps have open structure nests, often built under the eaves of houses. The hexagonal cells of the paper nest will be visible.

Stream of wasps? – Particularly on warm sunny days, a stream of wasps may be seen entering and leaving via the nest entrance. In New Zealand, the common and German wasps most often build a nest in a hollow in the ground. There will be a hole which the single entrance to the nest. The hole may be hidden in below vegetation but you may be able to identify it as the wasps will create a tunnel through the vegetation to the landing point on the ground at the entrance to the nest.

Common and German – The Common and German wasps in New Zealand are most likely to build their nests in a hollow in the ground. This is usually in a dry place that is protected from excessive heat and rain such as in a bank or under a tree stump.

When common or German wasp nest in a house or structure it is usually inside the eaves or some other place hidden from view. However, there will be a small hole, perhaps at the join between soffit and wall where the wasps land and walk inside.

How to Destroy the Wasp Nest

Destroy – To destroy the wasp nests apply NO Wasps Eliminator to the entrance, particularly where the wasps land to walk into the nest entrance. The wasp picks the powder up on their feet and carry it into the nest.

Stay Safe – Although powder insecticides help keep wasps calm, for safety apply the powder late in the day when activity is low or has stopped.

Tip for Nests in Eaves – The new NO Wasps Eliminator adheres better to surfaces. However, although it puffs upwards well, it can still be difficult to get the powder to the nest entrance. A temporary ad hoc solution is to use the dip tube from a trigger sprayer e.g. NO Bugs Super 1L RTU or other trigger bottle typically found under a kitchen sink. Clean and dry it, and it will fit neatly into the aperture of the NO Wasps Eliminator puff bottle. Push the dip tube down to the level of the powder. The puffer will now puff the powder upwards easily and the nozzle can easily be inserted into the small holes and gaps that usually constitute the entrance to the nest.