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I've just had to go up the loft to look at the water tank (see other thread!) and seen a wasp nest.

It's only about an inch or two across (ignore other thread!).

What's the likely situation, and what should I do about it?

When I ask about situation I mean - are wasps active yet? Likely in the process of being built, or likely an abandoned one from last year? Does a new queen build one like that to hibernate, and will wake and complete it later?
 

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Set fire to it then hit it with a ballcock.
 

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Get a showel & a thick bin bag. Put the bag underneath, scrape it off with the shovel, into the bag, then seal quickly.

It's so cold they'll be very dopey if they're active at all:)
 

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wasp nest are single use, if it's last years then they have gone, if it's this years then get rid of PDQ
 

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poke it with a stick :whistle:
I poked a Hornets' nest with a stick in darkest Sumatra many years ago... Woke up in hospital in the coastal town of Padang 24 hours later post stretcher ride plus emergency medivac flight in one of our helicopters :eek:

The resident British doctor (who was also the wife of our client's senior geologist (RTZ Indonesia) told me in no uncertain terms that I should a) Keep well away from hornet's nests, and b) Wear something more substantial than shorts & flip-flops whilst roaming around in tropical rain forests :tut:
 

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If it's not in the way of anything you could quite easily just leave it. That air filled honeycomb structure is excellent insulation. Otherwise just remove it. They are fascinating structures.
 

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My dad suggested that the issue to be fixed is fixing the hole they found their way in through, not the nest. If I remove the nest, and they still have a way in, they'll just build another.

I'm not very confident about even going near it to be honest - not keen on wasps, got stung on the neck as a nipper.
 

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My dad suggested that the issue to be fixed is fixing the hole they found their way in through, not the nest. If I remove the nest, and they still have a way in, they'll just build another.

I'm not very confident about even going near it to be honest - not keen on wasps, got stung on the neck as a nipper.
 

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My dad suggested that the issue to be fixed is fixing the hole they found their way in through, not the nest. If I remove the nest, and they still have a way in, they'll just build another.

I'm not very confident about even going near it to be honest - not keen on wasps, got stung on the neck as a nipper.
My dad suggested that the issue to be fixed is fixing the hole they found their way in through, not the nest. If I remove the nest, and they still have a way in, they'll just build another.

I'm not very confident about even going near it to be honest - not keen on wasps, got stung on the neck as a nipper.
That's TWICE as scary now.

Wasps, sting you more than bees!!
 

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Use ant powder to liberally douse the outside of the nest. That will kill off the wasps. Leave the nest where it is, wasps won't build again with a dead nest in the vicinity. Advice given to me by the council pest controller when I had one in my loft. Don't leave it without doing anything as they can be aggressive when you visit the loft after the weather has improved.
 

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Just to be different, I would do nothing - yet.

I'm assuming the nest is up against the roof tiles. Wait to see if wasps become active in spring, then spray the gap in the tiles where they get in, from outside.

If it's not accessible from outside, then ignore me and follow Squadrone Rosso's instructions now.

Either way, go dressed in waterproofs buttoned up over chin, with hood up, plus gloves and sunglasses - and post pictures here.
 

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Just to be different, I would do nothing - yet.

I'm assuming the nest is up against the roof tiles. Wait to see if wasps become active in spring, then spray the gap in the tiles where they get in, from outside.

If it's not accessible from outside, then ignore me and follow Squadrone Rosso's instructions now.

Either way, go dressed in waterproofs buttoned up over chin, with hood up, plus gloves and sunglasses - and post pictures here.
 

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Get a can of wasp killer spray & coat it in that. I go in loads of lofts at work & if they look 'bright & clean' instead of brown/old (like new or old newspaper i suppose) they are usually in use but the small 1's you seem to have apparently are where the queen will hibernate over winter :) it might be easier to knock it into a tupperware box then put the lid on quick. That way you can shake it and break it up inside and see if anything is in there or not. If there is just leave it out in the cold over night :)
 
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