One of the most common places for wasps to build their nests is in roof spaces. They’re often found in attics, along the gutter line and even under roof tiles.
It can however be confusing when you’ve noticed wasps in the loft or coming from that area but can’t locate a nest. This is actually quite a common occurrence and there could be a number of reasons for it.
There’s a nest nearby
You’re faced with swarms of wasps but have searched your home and garden high and low and can’t find a nest – what’s going on? The issue could be that there’s a nest nearby and the wasps are simply coming into your home to look for food and are then returning to their nest.
If you live in a terraced or semi-detached house, there’s a strong possibility that one of your neighbours’ homes could be housing the nest. Trees are another common place to find wasp nests, so this could be a potential source of the problem.
Chances are that if they’re bothering you, it’s a problem for your neighbours too so ask everyone to join forces to help locate the wasps nest.
The nest could be well hidden
Wasp nests can be very well hidden so there’s a possibility that it is in or around your home and you just haven’t found it. We have specialist wasp pest control service technicians who can treat your infestation.
Some of the most common places wasps build their nests include:
- Outbuildings such as sheds and garages
- On the edges of roofs
- Inside lofts
- In wall cavities
- Under eaves
- In bird boxes
- In holes in the ground
- If you’re really unlucky, they may actually be inside your home. If this is the case, you’re more likely to find them in corners of quiet rooms or inside wardrobes
How to locate a wasp nest
If you’re struggling to find the source of your wasp infestation, there are a number of techniques you can try.
- Follow the flight pattern. You should be able to notice the wasps coming and going from a single location. If you follow them back to the source, you should be able to identify where the nest is
- Once they’ve been fed, wasps tend to fly in a straight line back to their nest. You can put food out for them such as cat food or tinned fish as they’re likely to scoop this up and carry it back to their nest
Please note that if you do find a wasp nest, it’s never a good idea to try and remove it yourself. Although wasps generally leave humans alone, if they feel threatened, they will sting you. With nests containing hundreds, sometimes even thousands of wasps, this can be dangerous – even if you don’t have an allergy to them.