Wasp Identification & Prevention

What are wasps?

Wasps are a type of stinging insect. The majority of wasps have smooth stingers, enabling them to deliver multiple stings to any person or animal they view as a threat. What a wasp looks like depends on its species, but most wasps have pinched waists, two pairs of wings, and six legs that hang down when in flight. They are typically black, or a combination of black and white, yellow, or orange. Wasps are either social, living together in large groups, or solitary, living on their own. These stinging insects play many eco-important roles; some species are responsible for pollinating flowers and crops, while others are predators and help to control populations of nuisance insects.

a swarm of wasps on a wasp nest outside of a home in carlsbad california

Are wasps dangerous?

Wasp venom is strong enough to cause health threats to people, making them dangerous pests to have near your home. Wasp stings are painful and cause a burning sensation that may linger for many hours. Wasp stings result in a raised red swelling that lasts for hours or days. Additionally, if a person is sensitive to their venom, they may experience a serious allergic reaction or life-threatening anaphylaxis. Wasps tend to be quick to anger, and most won’t hesitate to defend themselves or colony if threatened.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Wasps will create a nest on any property that offers them a suitable location close to food sources. Most wasps like to build their nests in places that offer protection. Wasps hunt a variety of garden insects and spiders. They also feed on other sources of protein and sugary liquids. Common places they forage for food include gardens, trash or compost bins, and outdoor eating area; unfortunately, almost any yard can become a home to wasps.

Where will I find wasps?

Wasps are most active in the late summer and fall when their colony is at its largest, and workers are out in big numbers foraging for food to feed themselves and the larvae back at the nest. Wasps, depending on their species, will place their nests either above the ground or below ground level. Aerial nesting sites include trees, utility poles, door frames, behind window shutters, and under roof eaves. Ground nesting wasps create nests in tree stumps, under fallen trees, and in holes created by small animals.

How do I get rid of wasps?

Partnering with Bull's Eye Pest Control is the best way to get rid of wasps and keep them from returning. At Bull's Eye Pest Control, we understand how stressful pest problems are and offer our customers fast response times and superior pest protection. Our highly trained and experienced professionals use only the best products and most advanced treatment methods available. For home and business owners looking to protect their property against wasps and other pests, contact the Southern California pest control experts at Bull's Eye Pest Control and request your free inspection today!

How can I prevent wasps in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, keep wasps off your property by using the following prevention tips:

  • Limit the amount of flowering vegetation you have planted close to the exterior of your house.

  • Fill in ground holes in your yard.

  • Remove tree stumps, fallen trees, and other debris from your property.

  • Seal gaps around windows and doors, replace torn screens, repair holes along the roofline, and place caps on chimneys.


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