Why do you have wasps in your loft but no nest?

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Why do you have wasps in your loft but no nest?

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
  • Trees
  • 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. 

If you think you have a wasp infestation or have located a nest, please get in touch with Prokill and we will be able to eradicate the problem quickly and safely. 

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  1. Román Díaz August 22, 2019 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    I think there is a Japanese hornet nest near my house. We killed one yesterday and five today. They’re about 3cms long.

    • Abbey Mackie August 23, 2019 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Hi Román,

      That’s sounds like quite a problem you have there. Please give our team a call on 0800 328 9354 with further details and they will be able to assist you.

      Many Thanks,

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