Forum home Problem solving

Wasp nest in a bird box

markie6657markie6657 Alvechurch, WorcestershirePosts: 36
Evening all, please can anyone advise with the problem of a wasp nest in a bird box? The box is situated on a detached garage but only a matter of yards from the house and whilst they aren't a problem at the moment in a matter of weeks they could well be and I react badly to their stings. Obvious solution would be to try and remove the box and destroy it somehow however that could be tempting fate. I have a can of the foam used to soak a nest that is supposed to be very good however with such a small hole on the box I'm not sure that would work. Any advice would be graetly appreciated 

Posts

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,315
    Those spray type wasp killers have a very narrow jet and you can stand about 3 metres away and you should still be able to aim it in the hole.
    Devon.
  • You can call the fire department they can try better how to remove the wasps from that place
  • BrexiteerBrexiteer Birmingham Posts: 955
    You can call the fire department they can try better how to remove the wasps from that place
    I'm not sure the removal of a wasps nest warrants calling the fire brigade really mate, Any delay in reaching a fire or car accident could result in loss of life. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,269
    You can call the fire department they can try better how to remove the wasps from that place
    Not in the UK you can’t. 
    If you really have to get rid of them and it sounds too dangerous for you to do anything, you could call in a pest control firm ... but are you sure they’re wasps? Tree bumbles often nest in bird boxes and they’re mild non-agressive bumble bees. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,330
    Dovefromabove said:
     but are you sure they’re wasps? Tree bumbles often nest in bird boxes and they’re mild non-agressive bumble bees. 

    We had hornets nesting in our barn owl box last year  :o No bother really, just inconvenient. Wasps mostly aren't a problem until later in the year when they get sleepy. But if you react badly to stings, call a pest control company. They'll probably charge between £100 and £200 to get rid of it, but it's safer than attempting it yourself.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/tree-bumblebee-bombus-hypnorum/

    Likley to be tree bumblebees. Read about moving them here. Please don’t kill them
  • markie6657markie6657 Alvechurch, WorcestershirePosts: 36
    Many thanks for your replies, they are much appreciated. Just to confirm that they are definitely wasps, rest assured that had they been bees there is now way I would contemplate removing them, in fact I currently have bees in the lawn but quite what the attraction is I've no idea, certainly keeps the magpies on their guard
  • I have 2 bird boxes about a foot apart under the gutter at the back of my shed . Earlier today I saw at least 3 bees flying in and out of one of the boxes , and 1 wasp flying in and then out of the other nesting box. The other day I thought I had seen a bee flying in and out of one nest box and a wasp go into the other one .So today seems to confirm that these insects are habiting the boxes this year. The shed is near the bottom of the garden , so I am not too concerned about the wasp . What I  would like to know is , is this a lone wasp , or will it become a nest full of them , also , would the bees be in any danger from such a close wasps nest ? . 
Sign In or Register to comment.