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Wasp control

Wasps can become aggressive pests if they feel threatened, and their stings can be downright painful and even dangerous, especially for those with allergies. Although there are only a few species of wasps that pose a significant threat to humans, it's still crucial to be careful and refrain from disturbing their nests. Wasps often build their nests in hard-to-reach places, such as under eaves or high branches, making wasp nest removal potentially dangerous.

If you notice a wasp nest on your property, taking immediate action is crucial. Hiring a professional who understands how to get rid of wasps properly is always safest. At Terminix, we offer wasp control services designed to give you peace of mind by protecting you from these aggressive pests.

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Signs of wasps

To maintain a safe and comfortable environment, it's essential to be able to recognize the signs of a wasp infestation. If you suspect wasps around or inside your home, there are several signs to watch for. Here are some of the most common signs of wasps:

  • Seeing wasps flying around
  • Finding nests or hives in or around your home or property
  • Getting stung by a wasp
  • An increase in wasp activity, such as more frequent sightings or an uptick in the number of nests
  • Seeing chewed-up wood or paper around your property

If you suspect a wasp infestation in your home, contacting a professional for wasp control service is best. Terminix technicians are trained in wasp nest removal services and will work with you to create the best treatment plan to fit your property’s needs.

What wasps look like

Wasps can be identified by their slender waists and the stinger at the end of their abdomen. They typically have a black and yellow or black and white pattern, though some species are brown or metallic in color. They have two pairs of wings and long legs that hang below their body during flight. Depending on the species, wasps can range in size from very small to quite large. Identifying wasps can help determine the most effective wasp control method to get rid of them.

Common types of wasps

Several common types of wasps can be found in and around homes and properties, including yellowjackets, mud daubers, tarantula hawks, and paper wasps. Each species has its own unique characteristics, behaviors, and habitats. Understanding these differences can help identify the species and determine the most effective method of wasp control.


Yellowjackets are commonly found throughout North America. They are generally yellow and black and have a slender waist. Yellowjackets are known to be aggressive and can sting repeatedly, which can be dangerous for people allergic to their venom. It is best to consider professional wasp control services if you suspect a yellowjacket infestation on your property.

Mud dauber wasps

Mud daubers are typically found in various locations, including wooded areas, fields, and around structures such as homes, sheds, and barns. They have long, slender bodies and narrow waists, usually black or metallic blue. Mud daubers are known for building their nests in sheltered areas such as under eaves, walls, or attics. If you come across a mud dauber wasp nest, it's best to contact a professional wasp nest removal service to remove it safely.

Tarantula hawk wasps


Tarantula hawk wasps are large, solitary wasps found in arid regions of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central America. They have black-blue metallic bodies and orange wings. These wasps hunt tarantulas and are not usually aggressive towards humans.

Paper wasps

Paper wasps and red paper wasps are commonly found in various parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Paper wasps have slender black or brown bodies marked with yellow or orange, while red wasps have black wings and yellow markings on their abdomens. Paper wasps can be found in habitats such as gardens, orchards, fields, and urban areas. On the other hand, red wasps are commonly found in wooded areas but can also build their nests in urban areas. Both species usually build their nests in protected areas like trees, shrubs, and under eaves. If you find a paper wasp nest on your property, it is recommended that you do not try to remove it yourself. Instead, call a professional wasp control service, like Terminix, to handle the situation safely and effectively.

red wasp on plant

What a wasp nest looks like

Wasp nests have a distinct umbrella shape and are usually attached to a protected area such as a tree branch, eave, or the corner of a building. Both wasp and hornet nests are made of a paper-like material created by the insects chewing wood fibers and mixing them with saliva. Bee hives, on the other hand, are made of wax. Compared to other stinging pests, wasp nests are typically smaller, ranging from a golf ball to a basketball or larger, depending on the species. If you spot wasps on your property and need wasp nest removal services, contacting a professional wasp control service is always best.

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How Terminix gets rid of wasps and nests

Wasps can be very aggressive when they feel their nest is under attack, which is why it's crucial to have a professional handle the wasp nest removal. At Terminix, our technicians know how to get rid of wasps safely. Your technician will first inspect the exterior of your home for wasps and then develop a plan tailored to your property’s needs. Treatment plans may include a combination of aerosol insecticide, repellent liquid residual, or residual dust, depending on the species and size of the infestation. Once the nest is treated, your technician will safely remove and discard it. To learn more about our wasp control services, contact us today!

Frequently asked wasp control questions

Wasps are attracted to various things, including sweet smells like fruity or floral scents and sugary substances like nectar or soda. They may also be attracted to meat, especially during the later summer months when they want to build up their protein reserves for the winter.

While trying to get rid of wasps on your own may be tempting, using DIY methods or sprays is often ineffective. They can sometimes be dangerous, especially if you’re allergic to wasp stings. A professional wasp control service is often the best option for getting rid of wasps safely and effectively. Terminix technicians know how to get rid of wasps and have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to remove wasp nests and prevent future infestations safely. So, if you have a wasp problem, it's best to leave it to the professionals.

If you're stung by a wasp, the first step is to quickly remove the stinger if it's still in your skin. Next, wash the area with soap and water and apply a cold compress or ice pack to help reduce swelling and pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can also help with discomfort. If you have an allergic reaction or develop symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, rapid heartbeat, or hives, seek medical attention immediately.

Wasps are smaller and have a more slender body than hornets. They build their nests in various places, including trees, shrubs, and under eaves. Hornets are larger and have a more robust body than wasps. They can be more aggressive than wasps, and their stings can be more painful. Both can be dangerous, and it's best to contact a professional wasp control service if you suspect an infestation of either pest on your property.

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