The most feared pest isn’t the large furry ones you see scurrying about, it is those small insects flying around the yard. Wasps and bees have long been the frightening insect most people want to avoid. For most people, the idea of getting stung is something they would prefer to stay far away from. Whether you don’t love the idea of a painful sting, or you or a loved one has an allergy to this pest, learning how to identify the signs of infestation, and facts about their life cycle could be crucial. 

Is it true that wasps will die out in the wintertime? Do you have to get rid of nests in the fall after they’re all gone? In this article, we’ll go over when wasps appear, where you’ll typically find nests, and how long they last.


Huge wasp nest on a bamboo branch.


When do wasps come out?

One of the most frequently asked questions pest controllers receive about wasps, is when do they come out of hibernation. Though it will vary based on region, these creatures tend to move with the climate. Typically you’ll start to see wasps at the end of April or early May. By June or as late as July, they will be fully colonized, containing as many as 10,000 wasps. Artificial light and heat may cause them to ‘wake up’ prematurely. 


Where do wasps nests?

Before you can worry about wasp extermination, your pest controller will need to find the source of the wasps, namely their nests. They like to keep their nests usually out of sight. This keeps them safe from natural predators while allowing them to build the colony. Most wasp nests are found underwood, in barns, lofts, on the underside of roofs, and even in cars. 

Any structure that doesn’t move, or not very often like a collection of wood is susceptible to a wasp infestation and a growing nest. Identifying the location is step one for removal. It takes wasps three weeks to make a single nest and build multiples on a property.


How long does a wasp lasts?


How long does a wasp nest last? 

How long a wasp nest will last semi depends on the type you’re dealing with. There are two main types many homeowners will run into, these being the paper and yellowjacket wasps. But what makes them different? Let’s take a look at each variety, to determine how long the wasp nest will last, and how to identify which may be the problem in your backyard.

Paper Wasp

If you’ve seen smaller comb-like nests, you’ve probably seen a paper wasp nest. These are smaller and only hold around 20-30 wasps on average. The queen will lay eggs throughout late spring and summer, stopping before fall. One the queen stops laying the eggs, the colony dies off. Paper wasp nests last around 3-4 months. They don’t reuse a nest and quickly die off when the weather turns colder. 

Yellow Jacket Wasp

Known for being more cunning than paper wasps, Yellowjackets are smart, but they aren’t friendly. Yellowjacket wasps don’t like interactions with humans and will build their nests further away. Nests from a yellowjacket are papery and can be found in the ground or behind walls. The nests of a yellowjacket colony will only last one season; then, the queen will fly off. The nest is then not reused.


Do wasps return to the same nest?

The good news about wasps is they won’t return to the same nest year after year though this isn’t a relief, as you can’t predict where they will be the following spring. If you were to leave an active nest alone, the queens will multiply. Each year hibernating wasps emerge, to build a new nest for the queens. The more queens, the more active nests. Each season a nest can produce up to 1,000 fertilized queens. 


Wasp nest removal

Getting rid of a wasp nest can seem easy, simply knocking it down. However, there is some risk of removing them on your own. If not correctly disposed of, you could find another infestation next spring. Having professional wasp nest removal is crucial to keeping wasps off your property. If you’re having an active infestation, such as it is already spring/ summer, Bug Guys Pest Control can assist you with a safer removal. Contact us today online for wasp extermination or give us a call today to schedule a free estimate at  (442) 227-8409.