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 i,ve recently put up two nest boxes in my garden hoping the resident blue tits would nest in them.after a few weeks of blue tits surveying the nests & entering the nest box it all whent quite,so a quick  peek into the nest box to see if anything was in there & sure there was but not a birds nest but a begining of a wasp nest,not just in one box but both,now i no wasps are good for the garden but  i prefer the blue tits,should i rid the wasps or leave the boxes's till next year and clean them out in the winter,thanks dm.


I'd guess that it's too late for bluetits now. Enjoy the benefits of your wasp factories!


Good news is the wasps wont come back next year.


At least you know where the wasp's are, better there than in your roof!


I know many people worry about wasps and nests, but I think they're very underrated and undervalued members of the garden. If you get a chance to look at their nest when they eventually go, you'll be amazed at how beautiful a structure it is.

Congratulate yourself that they love the new homes you've provided them with! 



FG, I beg to differ My neighbour has had a wasp's nest in his garden for the last 2 years; he whinges to me that he has spent £20 trying to get rid of it. The wasps fly through a tiny gap into my conservatory and then into the house, so for the last 2 summers there have been 100 wasps in the cons every morning. I spray with Raid to kill them. Can't do that this year as have loads of food plant seedlings and a small mutt. Had to scrub down the walls and ceiling as dying wasps leave a nasty stain on everything.


I can understand that art. Yours is a totally different situation and I'd certainly never advocate leaving a nest in the house - I had one or two in a previous house and had to destroy them. Your neighbour should respect the problem it creates for you and frankly, be a bit more helpful.

If you have sealant - try using that on the gap. I did that at the point where the phone line came into the house. That's where they were getting in and accessing our loft.

Have to sympathise with all of the above.............wasp nets are really interesting structures and the wasps themselves are worth observing...rather like watching ants

However, personally speaking, I am allergic to most "stings"........swell up like a balloon and lose the use of whichever limb for several days. I'd leave them in my garden but would be rather anxious if they set up home in my house.  If I see the start of a nest, I take it down..........usually the wasps take the hint and push off elsewhere. 

As far as I know, local councils do (or used to ) provide a service which will rid wasp nests from houses ( not sure how they deal with nests in gardens tho .....I'd guess it depends on the distance from the house ? ) 


Councils now charge for getting rid of wasps.  Or recommend you 'get a firm in.'

We had a nest in the compost bin last year.  Normally I'm a live and let live person but these wasps were really aggressive and reluctantly had to get pest man in to deal with it.  Hope it doesn't happen again this year!!

Singing Gardener

We nearly always seem to get wasps nests in our compost area and eliminate them if they're in a place where we're going to be working but leave them otherwise.Last year we also had one under the lawn which definitely had to go as we discovered it just before a niece was due to visit with her toddler. We also had one in an old compost heap which I left until November and then dug over. The nest was huge and really impressive in structure (I have a nasty feeling that much of the surface of our teak garden furniture had gone into the construction of this!)

We've found that a very effective way to get rid of a nest if you can get to the entrance hole is to squirt Nippon Wasp powder (or ant powder, which seems to be the same thing under a different name) into and around the hole so that the wasps carry it into the nest. Do this at dusk with a torch so that there is minimal wasp activity at the time. Then re-treat a few days later when new young wasps begin to emerge. We've never needed more than 2 treatments.

Thanks for info will bear it in mind this season.  When I emptied the bin last month I did find a couple of groggy adult wasps in the compost.  Not sure if they were the advance party!!   IAs long as they jdon't bother us I would prefer to leave them alone.  last year they were dive bombing whilst I was working on raised beds nearby.


We had a wasps nest in the air brick just at the side of the back door. Husband said we would have to lift the bathroom floor to get to it. Decided to leave it and just sort of timed our trips to back garden or dustbins. Never got stung. We also have a few solitary bee houses on the same wall. My other half has sadly inhaled one or two of them in passing!


Gillian - did they taste of honey?...

I had some going in through an air brick and squirted some of the wasp killing stuff you can get in DIY stores into the brick. Seemed to do the trick, but maybe I was lucky 


Straight down the hatch.  Good job they don't sting! We'll not a bad sting.

The solitary bees are back every year, but as mentioned, the wasps didn't return. Wouldn't be so sympathetic to wasps if they were anywhere kids could get to though.


Busy Bee2

I hate wasps with a passion.  Nothing can erase from my mind the experience of strimming over a wasps nest buried under the pitch and getting swarmed.  I ran for the house, frantically discarding my clothing with all the enthusiasm of a nudist in a hurry, popping the bodies of the ones in my hair with my fingers to stop them stinging my scalp. All I could think of doing was standing in the shower and washing them off me.   I can't stand the way they ruin a perfectly lovely eating out opportunity by refusing to go away.  You can't get anyone to rid you of a nest in the roof because of 'health and safety', and if you rid yourself of one nest roundabout these parts, there will be half a dozen others, so it makes no difference.  And to add insult to injury, they will attack a hive, and contrary to what you might think, a wasp will kill a bee - the only chance my girls get is when it's ten on one so to speak, so when I open the hives in the summer, and a few wasps fly in to steal the honey, I get a sadistic thrill from closing the lid and leaving them inside.  I suppose the fact that I now have a beekeeping suit means I could treat my own wasps nests - hadn't thought of that!

We have the beginnings of one under the pond liner. I never considered that when we put the preformed pond in. I'm really wary of standing near my pond now. A shame because the entrance is so close to the water. Don't want to hurt anything or damage my pond so I guess we will just have to live with it. I'm disappointed because I love spending hours just watching my pond. Think binoculars are my best option now!
Singing Gardener

Unless the cover is airtight then I would have thought that the wasps would survive for quite a time - and they would also be pretty good at creating a way in and out even if it means digging under the tarpaulin. It might be best to get in a professional to eliminate them or, if you can find the entrance, treat the nest yourself (see my post above for suggestions on how to do this).