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Do Wasps Hibernate In Houses?

We’re currently having some of the warmer days of autumn. So, it’s no surprise that we, as pest controllers, get a lot of people asking do wasps hibernate in houses. This is because they sometimes see a large wasp flying around their home at this time of year.

Certain select wasps are starting to hibernate right now, getting ready to sleep the days away until spring.

It’s a little known fact that not all wasps hibernate. It’s actually only the queen that will look for somewhere to spend the winter. Any other wasps simply die off instead of trying to fight the cold.

Why Do Wasps Hibernate in Houses in Autumn?

So, do wasps hibernate in houses? Well, the queens will certainly try to. You don’t need to worry about any of the worker wasps being a pest. But, come spring, the queen will emerge. And once she emerges, she will begin to build a nest. Unbeknown to you, she will lay eggs in this nest, and that’s when you get the beginnings a wasp control problem on your hands. It’s especially important to be vigilant if you have had a problem with wasps in the past.

a garden shed

The ideal location for a hibernating queen will be your attic or shed. Both of these places are warm, sheltered and provide access to nesting materials and food when the queen wakes up.

Now that you know the answer to the question do wasps hibernate in houses, we are going to give you some tips on stopping them from spending the winter in your home.

Wasp Hibernation Prevention in Your Home

After a queen has found the perfect spot in your home to bed down for the cold season, it’s very unlikely you will be able to spot her again. So, in this instance, the prevention of the problem is absolutely more effective than dealing with a wasps nest in the spring.

wasp nest in london shed

Your first step is to stay alert. If you have experienced wasp problems in the past, it may very well be the case that the queen will return to somewhere she knows is safe. There may be easy access to your loft or shed that you don’t know about. Always keep up the maintenance around your home to stop a wasp in her tracks.

Do you need help with identifying a queen wasp? Or perhaps you have found a wasp nest. You can call Diamond at any time of the year and our friendly staff will be there to assist you in any way they can.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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