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Dying Wasp Behavior

Dying wasp behavior. The presence of hornets and wasps in the house and yard can be quite scary. Their stings are venomous and can give severe allergic reactions to many people.

But during certain months, you’ll find lazy hornets in your house. You’ll find lethargic wasps lying around on the floor, in the basement, on windowsills, and in your yard or garden.

You’ll probably wonder where they come from and what it means when you see them there. In this post, our expert will help you answer all of your questions so let’s jump right into it.

Dying Wasp Behavior

wasp lifespan

Usually, wasps live anywhere from a few days to two months depending on their species and what they need in order to survive.

However, if they have a nest somewhere indoors it can be anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

If they are trapped in more of an outdoor setting then up to two days will pass before they succumb because normally all wasps have left after that point since there’s nowhere for them to go.

How to Get Rid of Lethargic Wasps in Your House?

Lethargic wasps do not sting. When you see them, use a vacuum to remove them from your home. However, avoid the temptation to touch these creatures because they can indeed sting you and cause severe reactions.

If you find lethargic wasps, remember that these insects typically nest near the attic, inside walls or ceilings voids and hollow trees that are large enough for their nests.

You can learn more about wasp control by reading some of our posts on how to get rid of wasp nests if you’re afraid there may be one in your roof eaves etcetera.

Wasps (actually hornets too) abandon their nests during winter months so unless you have a pest controller check it out it’s probably not worth taking the risk because most likely there won’t be any adult hornets left inside.

But still spray around the area outside of where the entrance would have been to ensure none got caught in your broom handle as you went about your flea market.

Why Do You See Lethargic Wasps In Your House?

Sightings of lethargic wasps are often part of their lifecycle. Seeing multiple lethargic wasps hanging out in your home hovering in circles however is actually a sign that there’s a large, central nest somewhere in or around your home.

To be clear, nests like these do not necessarily just appear during the fall and winter months – they can appear at any time (though this is more common between September and January).

Female wasps tend to look for warm places to sleep through the winter months; meaning anywhere from chimneys to basements or a garage could work.

As soon as the weather is warmer again (around March), the female will come outside – but only after constructing her pods.

Is it true that wasps damage houses?

do wasps damage house

No, wasps do not damage houses. A common misconception is that yellow jackets build nests inside a dwelling’s walls, but their pests actually gnaw through the exterior.

Their presence does not significantly weaken the structure to the point of collapse; however, it can prove very uncomfortable because of its venomous bites.

If you enter your home and see a bee or some other stinging insect fluttering around, don’t panic! It’s more likely than not looking for an exit – remember how we talked about how they know where to find openings?

Just open up your windows and it will fly out on its own. The problem arises when there are multiple sightings in one day – this is typically a sign that there is a nest nearby.

This needs to be reported to pest control immediately so that the infestation can be exterminated before it gets out of hand.

Is a wasp able to die in a house for quite some time?

The answer to this question depends. Why? It’s because if there is a wasp nest inside your home, then the wasps can survive for 6-8 months before they die.

They will lay their eggs and in periods of winter, they will get lethargic, so you might find them on the floor or ceilings within your house.

If the wasps have accidentally entered through a cracked window, then they will die without food or water within 3-4 days.

A queen wasp can live up to 20 years depending on the conditions she endures and despite a healthy life expectancy, wounds and diseases such as fungal infections have been known to shorten her life significantly.

The average worker bee’s lifespan is roughly six weeks while queens are known to live as long as five or six years with some having lived over 20 years.


Dying wasp behavior. Lethargic wasps in your home are either dead male wasps or hibernating female wasps. Most of these occurrences can happen during the winter months. The sightings alert you to the existence of a nest close by around your home.

Common places where you might find a nest are inside walls, attics, trees, roof eaves and ground burrows among other places as well as some spaces that are rarely thought about like crawlspaces for example. The most challenging place to find a nest is possibly inside your home’s walls because it can be very difficult to locate – even if you have an idea of where it might be located.

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