If you are experiencing high numbers ofÂ waspsÂ in your home or garden there is likely to be a nest nearby, either on your property, in your garden or very close by.
A mature nest in summer can contain thousands of wasps.
It is important to treat a wasps nest early to reduce the threat of aÂ wasp sting, which can be very painful and even cause an allergic reaction.
You should not attempt to treat a wasps nest if you are sensitive to stings. If you disturb a nest, you may provoke the wasps inside to attack and sting you as a form of defence. Wasps make their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva, giving them distinctive papery walls. Nests are usually built in sheltered spots with easy access to the outside. You can often find wasp nests in wall cavities, roof spaces, under eaves, in bird boxes, sheds or garages.
To locate a nest, carefully watch the flight path of the returning wasps, this becomes easier later in the summer as the numbers of wasps increase.