Where Wasp Nests are found
Identifying a wasp’s nest is generally pretty straightforward; however, it is important not to get too close in order to avoid sting/stings. Wasp’s nests tend to be hidden from view more so than commonly thought. They can be hidden in a hole, or a shed or any sheltered, unexposed area like pipes, roofs or cracks in walls. If you suspect there is a wasp’s nest in an area, be mindful not to step on it during your search.
Identifying a Wasp Nest location
The best and safest way to find a wasp’s nest is to stand and watch where the wasps fly to. If it is mid-summer, the nest will be fully built and there will be a steady stream of wasp traffic to and from the nest.
How Wasps Nests are Made
Wasps make the nest by stripping untreated dead wood from sheds walls, fences or garden furniture. This wood, mixed with wasp’s saliva, is converted into paper pulp. Despite being made out of paper, these nests are sturdier than you would imagine. Whilst a wasps nest is never reused the following year, another one may be built in the same area due to its favourable living conditions e.g. shelter, access to food.
How big can a wasp’s nest be?
In the beginning, wasp nest start off very small, often resembling a grey golf ball. Hives are made up of cells, the queen wasp’s lays eggs in each cell as the hive is being constructed. These eggs become new wasps who continue nest construction. As time goes on, the nest rapidly increases in size as does its occupants, a good size nest is around the size of a football. This is why it’s better to treat a nest as quickly as possible.
Differences between wasps and bees
- Wasps are more aggressive than bees, only female wasps can sting and they can do so multiple times before dying. Bees can only sting once before dying.
- Wasps have smaller colonies and hives than bees, the most being a 10,000 population whilst bees can be 75,000+
- Wasps do not make honey, they often steal honey from bee hives but they usually feed on small insects and larvae.
- Wasps are slimmer, less hairy and shinier than bees.