What Attracts Wasps To Nest In Homes?

Thursday 9th June 2022

Alice Redshaw

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According to Country File, in the UK there are roughly 9,000 different kinds of wasps. They can often be found nesting in homes in spaces such as the attic, under eaves, or in wall cavities. 

Like many other species, wasps seek shelter and nourishment that our homes are perfect at providing. However, for the average homeowner, wasp nests can be frustrating to deal with and difficult to remove. 

At ICE Cleaning, we are a specialist provider of wasp removal solutions nationwide. We cater to your individual needs by carrying out thorough risk assessments and site surveys prior to the treatment, and will work diligently to return your property to its original safe condition. 

Take a look at our blog about why wasps are attracted into our homes for a more detailed understanding of their behaviours. These insects are often mistaken for bees, but they actually have many differences. For example, bees are a protected species in the UK -  to learn how to tell the differences between the two, take a look at this article written by Britannica.

The presence of wood

Wasps use wood in the process of making their nests. They will chew on wood surfaces and mix it with their saliva to turn it into a pulp to make their homes.

There are plenty of spaces within buildings where wasps can create their nests near to wood to hibernate. Though they may inhabit your home, they are also known to build their nests in the garden nearby wooden features. 

Over time, the decaying of the wood from wasp activity could begin to cause structural damage to your building. This may lead to costly repairs and danger to you and your loved ones, so it is best to get a wasp infestation treated as soon as possible.

At ICE Cleaning, we provide emergency wasp control services should you need them. Our technicians will follow stringent safety guidelines throughout the treatment to protect the health of all parties involved.

Outdoor occasions

In summertime, many of us will gather with friends and family for outdoor occasions such as barbecues. Unfortunately, wasps and other insects are a frequent presence at these events. 

Wasps are famously attracted to sugary drinks, as well as meats and other juices. If there are plenty of food sources and shelter around for them, they could decide to build their nest in the nearby vicinity. 

During the summer seasons, keep all food in the open sealed and make sure that the litter bin is shut once the rubbish has been taken out. 

Although you will see a lot of wasps at this time of the year, taking small measures to stop them in their tracks can help you to avoid an infestation.


As well as enjoying the fruits of your dining, wasps love being in areas that have an abundance of their favourite insects. An example of these are smaller insects and spiders, so if you have a strong population of these in your garden you might find wasps nearby. 

These creatures enjoy protein in their diet, which they can find lots of in garden environments. The amount of food sources available to wasps will allow them to thrive and encourage them to make their home in your premises.

It is wise to keep an eye on the insect population within your garden, and if it gets too high it might be worth treating. We provide insect removal services in all different environments, so if you find yourself in this situation, we're here to help.

If left unchecked, wasp infestations can become crowded when the nest starts to grow. Call in the professionals promptly to deal with this situation, as they have the expertise to remedy the situation safely and efficiently.

Cover from outdoors 

Wasps will look for cover in homes in insulated areas to protect their eggs. This will very likely be near wooden surfaces, as noted above, to help maintain the exterior of the nest. 

The warmth and cover provided by homes is an essential component for wasps to hibernate securely. This will be a priority for queens to make sure their offspring survive.

If there are high levels of wasps present in your house, they can pose health risks. For instance, if you're allergic to their stings, the consequences can be severe. Additionally, the pain caused by stings can be particularly painful to experience.

A wasp control specialist is able to help you identify the source of the problem and safely remove all traces of the infestation. Thousands of wasps can occupy nests, so professional help is necessary for an effective treatment.

Plants and foliage

These insects are attracted to flowers in your garden due to the sweet smell of their nectar, and areas with large amounts of foliage provide them with cover to build nests.

You should keep your garden in good repair by maintaining the lawn and any overhanging trees to deter wasps from building their nests in your outdoor environment. 

If you have bright colours flourishing in the garden during summer, chances are that wasps will make their presence known. One thing you can do here is try to plant flowers that wasps are not attracted to in order to deter them.

Should you have a large space that is difficult to look after, it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a professional gardener. They will have the expertise and knowledge to keep the area in good condition to preserve your enjoyment of it.

Contact us today

To find out more about the other pest control services we offer, get in touch with our team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk. A member of our friendly support team will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have.

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Zoe Dunning

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