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Now that the weather is warming up, it's a great time to get outdoors and spend time with family and friends. But if there is one pest that can ruin an outdoor gathering, it is wasps. Wasps can turn your peaceful backyard into a dangerous place to be.


Trying to eliminate wasps on your property without help from a Houston pest control company can be risky. This article will explain how to identify the type of wasp on your property and the potential dangers that come with them. Continue reading to learn more about wasps, some tips on prevention, and the best way to get rid of a wasp nest from the pros at All-Safe Pest & Termite.

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How To Identify A Wasp


There are several stinging insects in our area that are classified as wasps. The following list explains the types of wasps commonly found on Houston properties:

  • Bald-faced hornets are wasps with black and white markings and a white patterned face and are about half an inch in size. 
  • Cicada-killer wasps are black and yellow with rusty wings and can be over an inch and a half in size.
  • Paper wasps are brown with yellow markings, measuring around 3/4 of an inch. 
  • Yellow jackets are wasps that are black and yellow with a noticeably small waist, and they can be up to 5/8 of an inch in length.

Knowing how to identify the different wasps in Houston correctly can help you protect yourself and your family. Some of these wasps are more aggressive than others. If you need assistance determining the type of wasp on your property or are looking to have them removed, contact us at All-Safe Pest & Termite for help. 

The Potential Dangers Of A Wasp Infestation In Your Yard


All wasps have the potential to sting, and even ones that are not considered aggressive will attack if they are disturbed or sense that their nest is in danger. Of the wasps on our list, bald-faced hornets are the most aggressive and will attack anyone that invades their space. Despite their scary-sounding name, cicada killers are the least aggressive on the list and will only rarely sting, and generally only if they are mishandled. 


A single wasp can deliver more than one painful sting, and many people are allergic. Wasps living together in nests will simultaneously attack to defend their territory. The safest way to get rid of wasps on your property is to call us at All-Safe Pest & Termite for assistance with wasp removal. 

Five Environmentally Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips


Wasp prevention is a lot easier than wasp removal. These five tips will help you to stop attracting wasps to your property and help you to avoid stings:

  • Store garbage in well-sealed containers.
  • When dining outdoors, keep food covered.
  • Avoid wearing scented perfumes and lotions outdoors.
  • Wear shoes to protect your feet when walking in your yard.
  • Before trimming any shrubs or hedges, check for wasp nests.

Different types of wasps build nests in different areas. Avoid approaching anything that looks like a paper nest or a hole in the ground. If you need assistance identifying a nest or help with removal, contact All-Safe Pest & Termite.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Wasp Infestation In Your Yard


If wasps have taken over your outdoor space, it is time to take it back. The pros at All-Safe Pest & Termite are here to help you with wasp nest removal in Houston. Contact us today to request your free estimate and reclaim your backyard from these dangerous pests.

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