So you've seen one or two wasps. Before you freak out and gear up to go destroy the nest, make sure the problem is serious. They may be passing through, or their nest may be too far to bother you on a regular basis. Make sure by checking on the signs that you have a wasp infestation!
- Spring & Summer
Young queen wasps hibernate over the winter and emerge in the spring to begin new colonies. This means that the time for nesting is in the spring and summer. If it's that time of year, especially later in the spring or mid to late summer, then there's a chance that you have a wasp problem.
- Humming Noises
Like bees, wasps make a buzzing sound. The only difference is that they're a bit louder. If you hear a buzzing sound and see some wasps nearby it could mean there's a nest in the vicinity. If you hear a buzzing sound without seeing any wasps, that means that there is a lot of them somewhere nearby!
- Dead Insects
Wasps eat dead insects. This is why many farmers consider them beneficial to the environment and to crops. If you notice that there are a lot of dead insects on your property or near it, this could be an indicator that the wasps are near and are hunting in the area.
- Food Sources
Apart from dead insects, wasps also eat sweet foods. If you tend to have open food containers or open garbage bins, this will attract wasps. Seeing them frequently surround your garbage area could mean that they have a nest close enough to be able to visit it each day. Make sure you keep your garbage bins closed!
If all these signs are present, look for the nest. You can try following a couple of wasps to their nest, but this will take some patience, and you do have to be brave. If wasps see you going towards their nest, they may attack. You can also try looking in typical areas for wasp nests. Wasps like shady and protected areas for their nests, so look around your home or in the surrounding areas for places that match this description. These include, under the roof of your home, in fallen trees, in a shaded wood.
Assuming you find a nest, and it isn't on your property, inform your neighbor that owns the property. If it's on public property, inform the local authorities. Never try to remove a nest on someone else's property. It may just get you into trouble.
Dealing with a wasp infestation is serious business. Once you've confirmed that you have an infestation in your home or near your home, assess the situation by noting the time of year and the size of the nest. If it's mid-spring to early summer, you may be able to get rid of the wasp nest with some of the methods mentioned on site. However, later in the summer, and it's best to call professionals.