Three Telltale Signs of a Wasp Nest

July 9, 2018

It’s that time of year again when we need to start worrying about all of the creepy crawly insects that bite, sting and make our lives miserable. Although there are plenty of bugs you don’t want to see around your home, wasps rank high up there as one of the most dreaded insects around.

Wasps and bees both sting, but wasps can sting victims more than once, and are typically more territorial than bees. For this reason, it’s important to know how to spot a wasp nest around your home or business. This post will teach you how to identify a wasp nest and what you should do when you find one on your property!


Unlike honeybees, which make their hives out of tasty honeycombs, wasps build their nests from chewed wood pulp and saliva. Though the appearance can vary slightly from species to species, this combination of saliva and wood pulp gives the nest a grayish papery appearance and texture. Most wasp nests are spherical in shape, and can grow quite large throughout the summer if they’re not taken care of quickly.

The good news is that wasp nests are usually only used for one season before the wasps move on and create a new nest. But that doesn’t mean you should just wait around for the wasps to die out and leave the nest. Be sure to give us a call for wasp control in WI as soon as you think you see a nest at your home or business.


Now that you know what they look like, it’d be helpful to know where you might come across a wasp nest! Like their appearance, the location of a wasp nest can vary depending on the species you’re dealing with. Wasps in our area, though, typically build their nests in wall cavities, roof spaces, under eaves and in attics, garages or sheds. They look for spots where they won’t be bothered and will have easy access to the outdoors, where they can hunt for prey.

Never get too close to a wasp nest when you come upon one. As mentioned above, wasps are highly territorial and won’t hesitate to sting you multiple times if they feel threatened by your presence.

How do I find a nest?

You don’t have to walk around your garage or attic to find a wasp nest—all you need to do is watch for wasps flying around your property! Wasps have distinct flight patterns. They’ll fly to and from the nest looking for prey while they’re outside. If you see a bunch of wasps coming and going from a particular location, there’s a good chance they’ve built a nest. As the summer goes on and the wasp colony begins to grow, you’ll see more and more wasps coming and going from that particular area. Call us to remove the nest as soon as possible before the colony gets out of hand!

The importance of calling ANT’s Complete Pest Control for wasp control in WI as soon as you see a wasp nest can’t be overstated. The longer you wait for removal, the more wasps there will be on your property, and the greater the chance you’ll be stung.

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