How Long Does a Wasp Nest Last?


Over the weekend, Liz and I went in the backyard to take some photos for her blog. As we walked down the back stairs, she noticed a small honeycomb on one of the steps.

Picking it up, I realized that this was the paper wasp nest that was above our back door, from last year!


A closer look.

I was amazed to find it still intact, though very light. The amazing thing is that there was a strong wind out, so this nest must have just fallen down prior to us walking outside. At the most, it had fallen down within the last 24 hours.


A look at the base, which is what held the nest in place.

Because I documented when I sprayed this nest and when it fell down, I’m comfortable saying that that left unattended… a wasp nest will last for 6 months and 7 days, before falling down.

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