Understanding the pest control challenge you are facing is crucial to understanding what the right removal solution is. Use this helpful guide to identify which venomous flyers are nesting on your property and remember, DIY bee and wasp jobs can be risky, painful, or even dangerous. Contact Wildlife X Team to have all of your bee removal and wasp removal needs net safely and professionally by Belton’s best.

3 Types of Wasps Common to Belton

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are one of the most commonly found stinging insects in our community. Used to living around people and thriving under overhangs and in garages, these wasps are highly identifiable by their black and yellow bandings and larger size (typically close to one inch long). Paper wasps build umbrella-shaped nests, which left unchecked can grow up to 8 or 9 inches in diameter and house a couple of dozen wasps. Seeing more than one of these flying pests means that the nest is already established, and the foundress wasp has successfully produced a brood. Paper wasps can sting repeatedly and will protect a nest vigorously if removal is handled poorly.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are related to paper wasps and look pretty similar. The easiest feature to tell them apart is by their overall body size. Whereas paper wasps are almost a full inch, yellow jackets are usually about half that size. Yellow jackets are less picky than their larger cousins when it comes to where they build their nests. Old animal burrows, gaps in siding and wooden retaining walls, and under the protected parts of your home, like overhangs and in garages, are all perfectly acceptable to them. The number of these pesky, stinging insects in a single nest is typically in the range of 20-50 wasps. However, yellow jacket “colonies” have been found numbering in the thousands. Families in Belton who enjoy a flower garden should be on particularly high alert as flower nectar is one of this pest’s preferred food sources. Yellow jackets tend to be more aggressive than paper wasps, and we recommend calling our professional team to handle this pest control chore.

Baldfaced Hornets

Baldfaced hornets are actually a subset of the wasp family and share many of the same traits with a few key differences. The first is that baldfaced hornets usually display darker body color with white markings, especially on the head. This feisty stinging insect prefers to build its nest in more natural surroundings (like low hanging tree branches and in bushes) than its cousins, but when push comes to shove, the protected areas of your home and garage will serve just fine. Baldfaced hornet nests are generally larger than paper wasps’ and yellow jacket nests and are enclosed by an outer shell with an opening towards the bottom. When it comes to protecting their pear-shaped homes, baldfaced hornets can make other wasps seem tame by comparison. And while careful, experienced homeowners can often deal with a single paper wasp nest or two on their own, it is always recommended that you contact a wasp removal specialist with experience dealing with hornets.  

If you identify any of the wasps mentioned above, give us a call; we’ll be happy to help you out. If you see something unfamiliar and have concerns, call us to schedule a consultation with one of our Wildlife X Team infestation management specialists.