Common and almost universally disliked, the wasp is probably one of the more familiar insects in the UK. They can certainly be a nuisance but they are not associated with the spread of disease.

Each autumn virtually all wasps die. Only the season’s new queens will survive, flying away to spend the winter in hibernation. She will emerge from hibernation in late spring to select a suitable site for a nest. Often these are underground but we also see them in hollow trees and cavities in buildings. A common nesting site is beneath the eaves or in the loft space of your home. The queen builds a nest from wood pulp and lays her eggs. During the summer the eggs hatch into larvae which in turn pupate and eventually emerge as workers or new queens. Toward the end of the summer the queen’s eggs will produce male wasps. These in turn mate with the new queens and as the weather once again becomes colder, the new queens leave for hibernation and the rest die. The nest will not be reused.


We’re happy to help you get rid of a wasps nest. We will always offer free advice and in some cases, you may be able to get rid of the nest yourself. We charge for this service.

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Call us on 020 8753 1081 or email environmentalprotection@lbhf.gov.uk.


Not to be confused with wasps, bees tend to be rounder in the body than wasps. There are various species of bees but they generally do not become a nuisance and are not regarded as a pest. Local beekeepers may even be interested in collecting swarms of honeybees for their hives.