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Biology and behaviour

Queen wasps hibernate during the winter months and emerge in spring to begin building a nest. Queens lay eggs that hatch into sterile female workers. The workers take over the nest building and food collection while the queen continues egg laying. In spring and early summer the workers collect mainly insects to feed the growing larvae. Towards the end of summer, some eggs develop into fertile male wasps called Drones and fertile females which become next years Queens.  At the end of the summer, the queens go into hibernation and the colony dissolves.


  • Distinctive yellow and black bands
  • Two pairs of wings
  • Noticeable waist gap
  • Sting carried in base of abdomen

Signs you may have a nest

Generally the most noticeable sign is workers leaving and returning to the nest during the summer months.

You may also get increased numbers of wasps in the house.


Wasps will nest in almost any location. It's best to seal any obvious holes in walls and where possible around the roof. 

Book a pest control appointment

We offer a chargeable service of £85.00 (or £42.50 - a concession for certain benefits) to treat wasps.

Book a pest control appointment

Please note we will not be able to treat a wasps’ nest if the nest is in a neighbouring property, or if the nest is in fact bees upon inspection.

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