decoy wasp nest

Mythbusters: Decoy wasp nests


Myth: Hanging a decoy nest will keep wasps away.

Result: Busted.

Barbeques and sweet-smelling drinks are a dinner bell for wasps. Swarming your backyard festivities and creating a frenzy is a wasp’s M.O. When they come around, family and friends abandon their plates, piled high with summer delights and umbrella-garnished fruity concoctions, as they try to avoid being stung by these relentless pests.

As a result of this all-too-common scenario, and out of desperation to find the ultimate solution, homeowners will try just about anything when it comes to safeguarding their property from wasps, especially during peak summer season. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the idea of a decoy wasp nest was conceived.

The Common wasp

What does a decoy wasp nest do?

Wasps are very territorial. The idea behind hanging a decoy wasp nest on your house or in your yard is that wasps that are scoping out the area will see it and avoid building nests in the area, thinking that another wasp colony has already established itself there. However, there is no proof that this tactic is effective, or that it even works.

Why are decoy wasp nests ineffective?

  • Different species of wasps don’t build hives in trees or under eaves, instead they build their nests in the ground.
  • Additionally, once a wasp has built an established nest, they will not move. Hanging a decoy nest near an existing nest will do nothing.
  • Not all wasps will build nests in isolation, meaning they are fine sharing an area with another colony, or a decoy wasp nest for that matter.
  • Wasps generally leave their nests at the end of the year, investigating other nests before deciding if they should find a different home. When they investigate the decoy wasp nest and find there are no wasps inside, they may not leave the area. There have even been reports that wasps have moved into decoy nests.

Effective wasp control

Don’t waste money on products that show little results, especially when it comes to protecting you and your family from stinging insects. You’ve invested time and money into your home and you should be able to go outside to enjoy your yard. Relax and allow Ehrlich’s pest control specialists to help. Since 1928, we have provided effective stinging insect and general pest control services to satisfied residents and businesses in your city and surrounding areas. Give us a call at 1-888-984-0186 for a free estimate and to learn more about our pest control services.

Dr. Nancy Troyano

Nancy Troyano, Training Manager / Entomologist at Rentokil North America, is responsible for leading and supporting the development and training of Rentokil technicians throughout North America. Nancy works closely with Technical Field Trainers and Line-of-Business Managers to develop and implement a comprehensive training program for new and existing technicians. Nancy joined Rentokil after receiving her PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2009. Follow Nancy on Google+

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