Wasp Nest Types – Your Wasp Nest Identification Guide

Most people will encounter at least one wasp nest in their lifetime. But, did you know that there are a number of different wasp nest types in existence? Each type of nest has its own unique characteristics, and it’s these characteristics that will have an impact on the type of wasp nest removal that you’d need to opt for. 

In this wasp nest identification guide, we’ll be taking you through the most common types of wasp nest that you might encounter. We’ll also run through some questions that we frequently get asked.

How many wasp nests are there?

There are a number of different wasp nests in existence, but the ones we most commonly come across are: 

Ground wasp nests

You might see the term ‘ground wasp nest’ and think that this refers to a wasp nest that has been created in the ground. This isn’t quite the case. 

A ground wasp nest is a nest that has been created by a ground wasp, sometimes also referred to as a digger wasp.

How to identify a ground wasp nest

Ground wasp nests are typically easy to spot. They’re cone shaped and have a small opening in the top to allow wasps to leave and enter. The name can be a bit misleading as you won’t always find these nests in the ground. You might also find them in bushes/shrubs or near sugary foods. 

Paper wasp nests

Similar to ground wasp nests, paper wasp nests get their name from the type of wasps that build them. Paper wasps (sometimes called umbrella wasps) are known for creating their nests out of fibres from wood and plants. 

How to identify a paper wasp nest

Paper wasp nests are easily identifiable. They have a grey, paper-like appearance and vary in terms of shape and size. These can range from the same size as a golf ball to metres in height/width.  You may find these in locations such as eaves, sheds and trees. 

Cavity wasp nests

Cavity wasp nests are typically constructed in the same way as many other types of wasp nests, but are usually smaller/more compact. These are found within wall cavities. 

How to identify a cavity wasp nest

Due to the location of cavity wasp nests, it’s typically difficult to identify them by sight. You may, however, be able to identify cavity wasp nests through the following: 

  • Sightings of wasps entering walls
  • Sounds of wasps/buzzing in walls

Cavity wasp nests are one of the most tricky to identify and remove due to their location. Removal of this type of nest should only be handled by a professional technician.

In addition to ground, paper and cavity nests, you might also come across decoy wasp nests. These are man made and designed to deter wasps – they’re usually relatively easy to identify due to the materials used/lack of activity that you’ll see around one.

It’s worth noting that the above list of wasp nest types isn’t exhaustive, but they’re some of the most common types that you might come across. If you suspect that you might have a wasp nest in your home and you’d like to have it identified and removed then get in touch with our team for a free, no obligation quote. 

CPC is based in Shropshire and currently services residents and businesses in Whitchurch, Wrexham, Chester, Crewe, Telford, Shrewsbury and surrounding areas
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