Wasps’ behaviour changes in late summer as their preferred food shifts from sugars to proteins. Because of this, you will more likely encounter them wherever food is consumed outdoors and around garbage collection areas.
If you notice large numbers of wasps in your home or garden, there is likely to be a wasp nest nearby. It may be in your house, in your garden or very close by. A mature nest in summer/autumn can contain thousands of wasps. When they do attack, most wasps, yellow jackets and hornets are aggressive and will sting REPEATEDLY.
How can I identify the nest type?
- Paper wasps: This is an open nest with hexagonal cells. It usually has an umbrella shape and may contain fewer than 100 paper wasps.
- Hornets: A hornet nest has a football shape surrounded by smooth walls.
- Bees: Bee hives are recognisable by their distinctive waxy appearance.
- Yellow jacket wasps: You can spot a yellow jacket wasp nest by the activity around the nest. You’ll see wasps going back and forth to a concealed location. These nests can contain thousands of wasps!
Learn more: How to identify signs of wasps and wasp activity
What should I do if I’m attacked?
- Always remain still if a wasp approaches you.
- If you have to run away, do so in a straight line, without flailing your arms.
- Protect your head and face, as these areas are mostly likely to be targeted by the wasps.
- If you swat at the wasp or swing your arms, you’ll only make it more aggressive and more likely to sting you.
- Do not try to fool wasps by “playing dead”. They will simply continue stinging you!
- Do not seek shelter in a body of water, as the wasps will simply wait for you to re-emerge.
Learn more: Wasp sting what you should know
How to avoid wasp stings?
The following tips can help you avoid painful wasp stings:
- Carefully dispose of all food and drinks, especially soft drink cans.
- Never leave sugary drinks unattended. Also, always check sugary drinks for wasps before consuming.
- Keep all areas of your property clean and tidy.
- Check for wasp activity before carrying out any gardening activity.
- Avoid strong scents and bright clothing.
- Protect your feet by wearing closed shoes.
Should I remove wasp nest myself?
It is important to treat a wasp nest as soon as possible. Removing a wasp nest is a complex process and requires professional help. To avoid the risk of painful wasp stings (and possible allergic reactions), we strongly advise you not to try to remove a wasp nest yourself. Remember, you could cause serious injury to yourself or others if you provoke the wasps in the nest.
If you notice a wasp nest in your property, contact us for expert advice and immediate assistance to avoid a larger infestation. We’re happy to help you!
We have removed 2 wasps from our loft conversion rooms over the last couple of weeks. One from a shower room, one from our 4year olds eaves bedroom. How concerned should we be? If we put the wasps outside, are they likely to return? We still have eaves storage in the bedroom. Was thinking of doing a room and eaves spring clean to check for signs of nesting. Is this a good idea?
DIY wasp control is quite dangerous as you may get stung. To avoid the possibility of a larger infestation, we are happy to offer you a free survey on your property. Our local expert will inspect the problem and give some advice on how to prevent and get rid of wasps properly and safely. Please kindly contact us at 1890 666 444 to book your free survey today. Thank you for visiting our blog.
So we just moved into our new rental building. It’s a duplex. Well when we started cleaning and moving in furniture we noticed that a lot of dead wasp were everywhere in the window seals. (we have the old windows of the home so they are not sealed very well.) and notice a lot of old wasp nest. Apparently this home was vacant for 2 years before hand now since it is warm out the wasp are returning and I hate them. They have not made a nest anywhere yet but they are trying too. Is there any recommendations to keep them away before they start building?
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DIY wasp control is quite dangerous, especially there are a lot of dead wasps on your property. We suggest that you should contact us as soon as possible to arrange a free house survey to avoid a larger infestation. Our local expert will inspect the pest problem and give some advice on how to prevent and get rid of wasps quickly and safely. Please kindly contact us at 1890 666 444 or https://www.rentokil.ie/contact-us to book your free survey today.
We have had a wasp nest just at our chimney breast,so we have seen lots of activity over the last few weeks,but we are starting to see wasps in our attic bedroom but we cannot find where they are getting in,but they are inside the attic. I am looking for help and information on how to deal with the problem and would be very grateful of your assistance with this as I see you offer a free visit to inspect the house.
Thank you for the comment. To avoid a larger infestation in your property. We’re happy to offer a free house survey. Our local technician will do a full inspection and give some best practice advice on prevention and treatment. Could you please fill out this contact form https://www.rentokil.ie/contact-us as soon as possible so that we can arrange a free house survey for you?
I have spotted around 10 wasps in my property in one day, either flying mad, lathergically crawling or dead. I live in a flat. I don’t know where they are coming from but scared they will sting my children and myself. What would you advice?
Thank you for the message. We are sorry to hear that your property has a wasp problem. We are happy to provide a free callout to help you deal with the situation. Our local surveyor will do a full inspection and give some advice on prevention and treatment. Could you please fill out this form? https://www.rentokil.ie/contact-us Thank you.
Had, I realized that when I kill a wasp after minutes another wasp is coming again . Is there any ways to get rid of them. I am staying at Malaysia.
Do you guys have any branches at there
Thank you for the message. Rentokil does operate in Malaysia, please visit https://www.rentokil.com.my/ for more information.
Its mid november and we have noticed a number of Wasps inside our house in the last 2 weeks.
I would estimate maybe 8-10 wasps over the two weeks, where we had seen none before this. they were not all in the same room however. We found some downstairs in our living room, and a couple more in different bedrooms.
Most recently I found 1 this morning in my daughters room that had attached itself to a curtain and looked dead or asleep. I dont see any nests outside, and I went into the attic yesterday and did not see anything.
If you are experiencing a high number of wasps in your home then there is likely to be a nest nearby, either on your property, in your garden or very close by. It is important that you get rid of them before they increase in number. Let professional pest control service to fix this problem immediately.
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