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    LittleSausage is offline Germinator
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    Question Wasp nest on my plot!

    Well, I've been digging for a couple of hours and feel quite accomplished. I went home because I'd forgotten my gloves and am starting to get blisters and, by the time I got back, I noticed I have an underground wasp nest. The day is warming up so I think this has brought them out.

    For now I will be giving it a wide berth and will continue to dig around it. How do I get rid of it, though? I'm terrified of the blighters, mainly because I'm a little bit allergic.

    Any advice would be most welcome!

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    Continue to give it a wide berth - they'll die off in the colder weather anyway. They won't go out their way to sting you, and we have precious few pollinators as it is. I'd keep some antihistamines handy just in case though.
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    Sounds like one of the Digger wasp species. They're 'solitary' wasps rather than 'social' wasps, and I don't think they are likely to sting you if you can leave them alone.

    They also have a role in controlling other species of insects like fleas and aphids, so maybe you could think about leaving them undisturbed?

    https://www.buglife.org.uk/bugs-and-...s/digger-wasps

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    I disturbed a nest in a sack of paper I was feeding into my compost. It wasn't that painful but my hand puffed up and itched like hell for days. Haven't run that fast for years!

    If you've got to get rid of them there's loads of killers you can apply. I'm leaving mine to die in the winter as there's no obvious nest entrance and I don't want to blitz area with pesticide.
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    Roger!

    Thanks, all, for the replies. This is definitely not a solitary wasp, there are hundreds of them. I will, however, leave it to die off over winter and I'm pretty sure the Queen will find a new home when her workers have gone.

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    Common wasps will nest underground, but as others say, they've probably only got a month or so before they all die (apart from the new queens, who will hibernate somewhere else). They can get a little aggressive at this time of year when they have no babies to feed, but are normally more of a problem for fruit trees and around food than randomly stinging.
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    They will die off as stated above so probably best avoided until the frost kills the nest off for the winter .wasps tend to suffer from bad PR. For most of the year they perform a useful service by eating thousands of caterpillars which they chew up and feed to their larvae ,which produce a sweet substance that the adults feed on. At the end of the year there are no larvae and the adults have no sweet seeds relations to feed on and are therefore a problem to us as they try to eke out their last few weeks .
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    One year I had a wasps nest hanging in my tree just 2ft away from my garden path that I use umpteen times a day. I was never bothered with them and the nest was empty by ŵinter.it was beautiful to look at up close.
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