How to Deal with a Wasp Infestation

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Dealing with any pest in your home or business can be a nuisance, none more so than coping with a wasp infestation. On discovery of a wasp infestation, some individuals decide to eliminate the problem on their own. This can be a risky procedure and is often ill advised.  By their nature wasps can be a very aggressive and will often sting without provocation. Certain species of wasp can be more hostile than others and distinguishing between species is not easy, they also typically nest in hard to reach locations and their hives can be resilient.


When dealing with a wasp infestation it is important to know the scale of the problem you are dealing with as well as identifying the species of wasp you have encountered. There are over 100,000 species of wasp, ranging from docile species, that don’t sting at all, to very aggressive species that are known to attack in swarms. Unlike bees, wasps don’t die after a single sting and will repeatedly attack its victim. There have been recorded cases of fatalities as a result of an attack from a swarm of wasps.

With all this in mind it is of the utmost importance that you are extremely cautious when dealing with a wasp infestation. Because of the dangers it is advisable to hire a professional to address the problem and exterminate the nest.

Locate the Hive

Finding and destroying the nest is the key to removing a wasp infestation. If the location is not obvious, you will have to observe the creature from a safe distance, and follow it until it enters the nest, usually a hole or gap in your home. Typical nesting spots can be both outdoor and indoor and are often located:

  • Underground
  • In trees
  • Along rooflines
  • Under eaves
  • Attics
  • Inside walls
  • Under decking

Cordon Off the Area

Once you have located the wasp hive, it’s essential that you erect a barrier to prevent anyone inadvertently disturbing the colony. If you have children or guests visiting the premises it is advisable that you make them aware of the infestation to prevent any incidents, erecting signs around the area is also a useful way of informing people of a potential threat posed by an active wasp nest.

Destroy the Hive

Once you have completed the necessary steps to contain the infestation, the only remaining stage is to eradicate the hive, the best solution is always to contact a local professional. For example, if you are facing an infestation and you need a reliable company that specialises in wasp control in Pontypool, there are several good companies in that area.

At some point, particularly during the summer months in the UK, it is likely that you will encounter a nest. It is important for property owners to be on the lookout for signs of a wasp infestation. Aggressive by nature, wasps can be the cause of considerable annoyance to property owners and occupants. If you come across a wasp infestation, consider the points made above and always seek assistance from an expert.