Help! There Are Wasps All Over My Austin Yard

paper wasp on branch

As we head toward spring, we all welcome the warmer weather and the chance to spend more time outdoors. Austin pest control companies know this nice weather also welcomes the return of wasps. If your backyard has become a place that causes stress and fear, it is likely time to look into stinging insect control.

Here in Austin, the most common types of wasps that are dangerous to people are the yellow jacket wasp, paper wasp, and bald-faced hornet. We recommend working with a professional pest control company before you attempt wasp removal on your own. Read on to learn a little about wasps and what you can do about them. 

The Life Cycle Of Common Wasps

All types of wasps have similar life cycles, going through a process called metamorphosis. This cycle has four stages — egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Most wasps are social insects that build annual colonies. These colonies die off in the fall, except for the queen. 

The queen wasp hides out in the winter, and when spring comes, it emerges and builds a paper nest to establish a new colony. This cycle repeats year after year. It is important to note that you should never approach or attempt wasp removal on your own; instead, contact a company with experience in stinging insect control.

Wasps Can Be Problematic Even If Not Allergic

All types of wasps can be problematic to varying degrees, and you should always leave wasp removal to the professionals. Wasp stings affect people in varying degrees depending on the number of stings and allergic reactions. The following list explains the problems that can come with each type of wasp in our area:

  • Paper wasps are not usually aggressive, although they sting if disturbed or when they feel there's a threat to their nest. These wasps may build nests on porch ceilings, the tops of windows and door frames, under decks, and attic rafters creating a dangerous environment for your family.
  • Yellow jacket wasps pose a significant threat to people; they are territorial and will sting multiple times if threatened. They live in colonies with up to 4,000 workers. These wasps are the most common type that will invade an outdoor event.
  • Bald-faced hornets are aggressive wasps with smooth stingers that allow them to sting multiple times. They will attack anyone that gets close to them. Never attempt to use wasp control products on this species; they will strike back.

The best way to get rid of a wasp nest, no matter which species you are dealing with, is to contact a local pest control company.

Why You Shouldn't Try To Get Rid Of Wasps On Your Own

Wasp removal is a complex process, and techniques vary depending on the species; this is not a job that homeowners should attempt. All wasps will attack if they feel threatened or think their nest is in danger. 

Wasp control products sold over the counter may increase the risk of stings if used incorrectly. To keep yourself and your family safe, the best way to get rid of a wasp nest is to work with the pros. 

The Most Effective Way To Keep Wasps At Bay

Stinging insect control is a job for professionals with experience in wasp removal and prevention. At EnviroGuard, we can help identify and treat all types of wasps and help to keep your family safe from these dangerous pests. 

Contact us today for your free quote; let our service professionals take care of your wasp problem so you can enjoy your yard again.