If you’ve noticed a wasps nest in your loft, then you may be wondering whether you should leave it or alone or not! In this quick article, you’ll find out your answer on whether you should leave it be or get rid of it!
Should You Leave A Wasps Nest In Your Loft Alone?
If there’s a wasps nest in your loft, there are a couple of things you’ll need to consider before deciding whether to get rid of it or not. Here’s what to think about!
The Time Of Year
Whether you should knock down a wasps nest or not can often depend on the time of year. If you’re still in the summer months, then the chances are the wasp’s nest is still inhabited. This means, you may not want to remove it yourself, but instead hire the help of a professional.
As well as this, you should also remember that wasps are good pollinators, so if you remove their nests, it may not be as helpful for the ecosystem around your home.
However, during winter, the chances are the nest is already empty, so all you’ll have to worry about is removing it, and not the nest itself.
Are They In Your Home?
If the wasps aren’t actually entering your home, then it may not be worth removing the nest. As previously mentioned, during the winter the wasps will leave anyway, and they don’t return to the same nest, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.
They May Be Blocking Something
Another potential reason to remove wasps nests from your is if they’re blocking vents in your loft. When this happens, there can become a build-up of condensation that can damage the wood around your roof. As well as this, in some cases, it can also cause a build-up of gases such as carbon monoxide that you definitely don’t want in your home.
So if you notice a wasps nest in your loft, make sure they haven’t been built over a vent.
They May Cause Damage To Your Loft
Wasps make their nests out of chewed-up wood, such as the wood that they find in your loft. If you leave a wasps nest for too long in your loft, and they don’t have another source of wood to use, then they may end up chewing all the wood in your rafters, etc.
Will Wasps Return To Their Nests?
If you have wasps in your loft, and you’re thinking about leaving them alone, you may be worried that they’re going to return to the nest. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. When winter comes, the wasps will leave the nest and the queen will go into hibernation.
When it’s time for them to start building again, they’ll find a new place to build their nest so the chances are it won’t be in your home. However, you should be aware that come winter wasps are going to look for a warm place to hibernate, so if they can’t get away in time, it may end up being somewhere else in your home.
How Can You Prevent Wasps From Nesting In Your Loft?
Unfortunately, it can be quite hard to eradicate the chances of wasps nesting in your home, but there are things you can do to reduce the chances.
First of all, you should seal any gaps in your house where wasps can get into. Some places to check are the eaves of your loft and around vents, as they can often have gaps, cracks, and crevices that wasps can crawl through.
You should also make sure that your waste isn’t attracting wasps to your home. Food and drink (Especially the sugary kind) are going to attract wasps so make sure you’re bin is extremely tight, to stop the smell from attracting them.
(If you want to know more about how wasps are getting into your home check out this article on how wasps get in, even when your windows are closed!)
As you can see, whether you should remove wasps from your loft or not really depends. If they’re causing damage to your home, or pestering you then the best course of action is removing. However, if you don’t notice them, and they’re in a location that is going to damage your home. Then you can leave them, and remove the nest when they leave.
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