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Small wasp nest in loft (picture) - what to do with it?

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1000piecepuzzle Tue 21-Mar-17 21:19:55

I initially thought it might be some sort of awful spider chrysalis but thankfully googling suggests its just wasps!

Nothing buzzing around - but could there be a queen hibernating inside? Its pretty tiny.

Should we spray it with something to kill the queen then bash it to bits? I would quite like to get it out intact to show kids / school who are doing a "homes and animals" topic. Any ideas? Thanks!

attheendoftheday Wed 22-Mar-17 23:41:59

We had similar in our loft. I scraped it off with a knife into a tupperware box (in case a hoard of wasps made an appearance - they didnt). I left it for a day to be sure there were no hiding wasps then the kid's had a look.

wowfudge Thu 23-Mar-17 07:44:23

Our builder found one about ten times the size of that above a ceiling we had removed. If you have not seen any live wasps near it, it has probably been abandoned.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 23-Mar-17 18:27:33

I'd leave it, it's not harming you.

CatsDogsandDC Fri 24-Mar-17 20:46:15

Do knock it down because otherwise they will recolonise it next year.

monkeyfacegrace Fri 24-Mar-17 20:49:09

That looks to me like the nest that the queen hibernates in

To give you my story, I left mine, and when my ceiling started getting hot to the touch and vibrating, I called pest control.

The nest was approx 1.3m wide, and we don't know how deep as we couldn't reach the end of it eithout removing roof tiles and baton. At a guess, 20 thousand wasps and the 4th biggest the pest control company had ever seen.

I'd get rid grin

1000piecepuzzle Sun 26-Mar-17 20:43:13

Yes, its definitely coming out one way or another. monkey 20,000 wasps no thank you!!! Thanks for the box idea attheendoftheday will do that.

previously1474etc Tue 28-Mar-17 02:49:24

Wasps do not return to the same nest.

If there is a queen please just put her somewhere where she can be safe, wasps are pollinators.

The last queen from the nest in our tree that fell down in a storm came and sat on my arm after the tree had been cut up and removed, her home was gone. I put her carefully behind the garage wall and hope she was OK. I had wasps landing on me all season when I got too close to the tree, I stepped away and blew on them until they flew away. Have had nests outside my window a few times (different houses) and just put up netting to keep them out but the ones that have got in have never stung me.

Fruitboxjury Tue 28-Mar-17 03:29:36

It may have larvae inside in which case you need to remove quickly. I found one in our shed and disposed of it before they developed. Came out to find myself face to face with a confused queen wasp. Felt mildly guilty about removing the nest but it was me or them...

OCSockOrphanage Wed 29-Mar-17 14:12:38

Your council may put you in touch with the pest control experts, who can do the removal in safety. They charge these days though.

ClaudiaNaughton Sat 01-Apr-17 03:17:36

We had a wasps' nest removed by pest control contractors some years ago in the attic. They told me the large variety I had was German wasps but in case of causing offence these days they must be referred to as Continental wasps.grin

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