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Several species of wasps can create nuisance nests on properties. While wasps help prevent infestations from other pests, their stings are painful and can pose serious health risks. Here are some preventative tips for managing wasps.

Common Wasp Species


Yellowjackets are known for their trademark black and yellow markings and will nest in holes or voids in structures. Their stings are incredibly painful.

Paper Wasps

These wasps build those open-comb nests commonly found under ledges. They are bright red and are generally not aggressive unless defending a nest.

Mud Daubers

These wasps are jet-black in color and are not known for stinging, however, the mud nests they create on walls and rafters can cause serious structural damage.

Yellow Jacket

Discouraging Wasps

Seal Openings

Fill small holes in walls, screens, soffits, and windows that wasps use to enter structures and build nests.

Use Repellents

Wasp repellent spray or DIY essential oil mixes can be sprayed around potential nesting sites to discourage wasps from making themselves at home.

Knock Down Early Nests

Look for the start of new nests in spring and early summer and remove them before they can grow into large colonies.

Limit Food Sources

Manage open compost piles, ripe fruit, and other wasp attractants. Use covered bins for trash disposal.

Outdoor Lighting Choices

Use yellow bulbs for exterior lighting, as wasps are drawn to white incandescent lights. Another strategy that can deter wasps is using lights that are directed downward toward the ground.

Professional Wasp Treatments

Nest Removal and Treatment

For advanced nests, professionals have protective gear to safely remove nests and apply targeted pesticide treatments if necessary.

Exclusion after removal

Seal up any openings wasps were using after nest removal to prevent new nests in the same locations.

Time Treatments

Late summer and fall is the optimal time for professional wasp control when nests are largest before newly mated queens overwinter elsewhere.

Removing foot attractants, sealing up access, and knocking down early nests are the best prevention methods for wasps. If you notice large active nests around your home, contact On The Fly Pest Solutions.