A Guide To Wasp Identification & Control

What are wasps?

Wasps are a type of stinging insects, and they are usually categorized as either social or solitary. Social wasps live in large colonies with numbers in the thousands, while solitary wasps nest on their own. Many species of wasps are predatory and feed on species of nuisance insects, while some feed on pollen and nectar and are responsible for some pollination. Most species of wasps have a pinched waist, two pair of wings, and six legs that hang down while in flight. Wasps tend to have little to no body hair.

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Are wasps dangerous?

Wasps have the potential to be a significant danger to people. Their stings are quite painful, and their venom is powerful enough to cause serious health problems in people like trigger allergic reactions and even anaphylaxis, requiring immediate medical attention. Many species of wasps have smooth stingers, which means they can sting their victims repeatedly, increasing the amount of venom they are able to inject.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Wasps are attracted to any properties that offer ample food, water, and nesting sites. Wasps, depending on the species, feed on insects, proteins, nectar, sweets, and honeydew. Some are scavengers and forage for food around trash cans and outdoor eating areas. Properties with open garbage cans, compost piles, grills, gardens, flowering vegetation, clogged gutters, bird baths, or ponds attract a variety of stinging insects.

Where will I find wasps?

Wasps build their nests in a variety of locations that provide protection and shelter, either above or on the ground. Aerial nesters build their nests in trees, shrubs, utility poles, porches, or underneath rooflines, decks, and door frames. Ground nesters usually create nests in the abandoned ground holes of small animals, under woodpiles, or underneath shrubs or bushes. If they find their way inside homes or other buildings, wasps can be found building nests inside the chimney, in attics, behind exterior walls, or inside crawlspaces.

How do I get rid of wasps?

To get rid of invasive and dangerous wasps in or around your residential or commercial, seek the help of an experienced pest control expert. At Mid-South Pest & Termite, our knowledgeable professionals provide effective pest control services using environmentally friendly methods. We are committed to our customers and to using advanced solutions to eliminate wasps and other household pests from Memphis, Germantown, Cordova, Bartlett, Lakeland, and Arlington homes. To learn more about our residential and commercial pest control options, call Mid-South Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent wasps in the future?

To avoid problems with dangerous wasps on your greater Memphis area property, we suggest the following prevention tips:

  • Eliminate or seal as many entrance points into your home as possible.

  • Place vegetable gardens and wood piles a distance away from the exterior of your home.

  • Trim tree limbs, bushes, and shrubs away from the exterior of your home.

  • Eliminate water sources by maintaining gutters and repairing leaky outdoor fixtures.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on all trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas cleaned up.


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