Learn How to Find a Wasp Nest

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Wasps Can Build Nests Almost Anywhere

Wasps nest in a wide variety of areas. They can nest in wall voids, bushes, trees, on overhangs. eaves and in the ground. Wasps have even been known to nest in car engines, playground equipment, garden fixtures, mail boxes and other areas that remain undisturbed for a few days at a time.

Step 1

Wasp nests come in many shapes and sizes. Some nests are enclosed and round and can range in size from a golf ball to a basketball. Other nests are more umbrella shaped with honeycomb like cells and they can range in size from 1 inch across to more than 12 inches across. And last, some species of wasps nest in the ground. These nests are harder to spot as there is usually just a small hole in the ground to indicate where the nest is located. Finding the actual nest can be hard because they are known to travel large distances to find food and because these nests can be well hidden. To find the actual nest you should look for areas where you have noticed more wasp activity. There are certain areas where nests are more likely to be found:
  • Eaves of structures
  • Overhangs of structures
  • Under tiles on roof of structure
  • Under siding of structure
  • Around window and door frames
  • In trees and bushes that are often undisturbed
  • Under or on garden fixtures
  • In the ground at the base of trees or bushes
  • Other areas that often go undisturbed for days at a time
Pro Tip

Care should be taken when inspecting for a wasp nest. You should wear long sleeves, long pants, closed toe shoes and a hat. A bee suit would be recommended if inspection in confined areas is necessary. You can help reduce the chance of being stung by conducting an inspection on the suspected area at night when the wasps are less active. If you are allergic to wasp stings we strongly recommend you leave the inspection and the treatment to a professional.

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