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Wasp Identification & Prevention

What are wasps?

Wasps are a common type of stinging insect here in southern Nevada. Their exact appearance and color pattern will depend on their species; however, most wasps have pinched waists and the front portion of their abdomens tapers down to become a small tube that attaches to their thoraxes. Wasps, like all other insects, have two pairs of wings. They also have six legs that hang down when flying. Most wasps are predatory, preying on species of nuisance insects to feed their developing young. Wasps also sometimes feed on pollen and are responsible for a small amount of pollination.

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Are wasps dangerous?

When living out in nature away from people, wasps aren’t considered dangerous. However, when they place their nests in the high traffic areas on our properties or in our yards, they become very dangerous. Because they are capable of repeatedly stinging their victims and injecting venom with each sting, wasps are dangerous pests to come into contact with.

Not all wasps are extremely aggressive, but some are, and all will defend themselves and their nests by delivering painful stings. A wasp’s venom is strong enough to cause allergic reactions in people that requires immediate medical attention. You should always take great care around wasps and, if possible, avoid their nests altogether.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Wasps can be found living in your yard because it is providing them with a suitable place to nest, along with easy access to food and water. Wasps are most active in the late summer and fall, foraging for food to feed their large colonies; this is the time of year when you are most likely to see wasps and accidentally come into contact with them. Things like clogged gutters, birdbaths, trash cans, gardens, compost bins, and outdoor eating areas can attract foraging wasps to your property.

Where will I find wasps?

Wasps build their nests in a variety of outdoor locations, preferring those that offer protected shelter. Their nests are often constructed in the ground, under roof eaves, under porches and decks, in the corners of doorways, on utility poles, in rock crevices, or woodpiles. Wasps don’t usually nest inside homes and other buildings but when they do, they typically choose to do so in attics, chimneys, and wall voids.

How do I get rid of wasps?

Get rid of your current wasp infestation and prevent future ones with the help of the local pest control experts at Ace Pest Control. Since 1978, we’ve provided the effective pest control services needed to keep wasps and other household pests out of Las Vegas properties. Our highly trained technicians, modern techniques, and advanced products will solve your pest problems once and for all. To protect your home or business from our area’s toughest pests, contact Ace Pest Control today!

How can I prevent wasps in the future?

In addition to our professional wasp control services, use the following tips to help prevent wasps from invading your home or business:

  • Replace torn screens to keep these stinging pests out of your home or business.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have tight-fitting lids.

  • Trim tree branches away from the exterior of your property.

  • Fill in holes in your yard.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of debris.

  • Place caps on chimneys and fix holes along the roofline of your property.

  • Eliminate water sources by fixing leaky pipes and fixtures, and maintain gutters.


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