How to Tell If You Have Wasps in Your Yard

Wasps often evoke a sense of anxiety in homeowners because they have a reputation for being aggressive stingers. If you notice any signs that wasps have infested your home or yard, it’s time to call a pest control technician. Professional treatment is especially important if someone in your family has an allergy to stings. Note that someone with an allergy to bee stings might also experience a reaction to a wasp sting.


How to Identify Wasps

If you know what to look for, it’s easy to tell the difference between a wasp and a bee. Bees tend to have thick abdomens, while wasps have a thin waistline. Wasps also have far less body hair than bees. Yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets are the most common types of wasps that homeowners in the U.S. encounter. Here’s a quick look at their identifying features:

  • Yellow jackets have black and yellow striped bodies with black antennae. They build nests made of a papery material.
  • Paper wasps are typically brownish, but they can range in color from red to yellow. They have longer legs than yellow jackets.
  • Hornets are the largest of the three common types of wasps. They are typically brown with orange markings.


Where to Find Wasp Nests

If you have an allergy to stings, don’t attempt to find the nest yourself—leave this job to the professionals. Otherwise, you can generally look for the nest by observing the flight of wasps in your yard. Determine where they seem to be flying to and from. Check these areas for a nest, which will look grayish and papery. Wasps often build their nests under the eaves of buildings, in the recessed areas of garage doors and entry doorways, and in natural cavities, such as tree stumps.

Essential Pest Control can remove all sorts of flying and non-flying insects from your home and yard. Our technicians will work with you to develop an effective interventional and preventive treatment plan to keep your home pest-free. Call (520) 908-6251 to request our pest management services in Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, or beyond.

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