Wasp Identification & Prevention

Learn More About Wasp Control in Reno, NV

a wasp on a nest

Wasps are among the most common types of stinging insects. However, they are often confused for bees or other similar pests. Any pest misidentification can worsen a problem because you may not be performing the proper control methods, and wasps are no exception. Reno residents can learn about wasps and what to do about them by reading below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Wasps

What are wasps?

Wasps are flying insects identified by their narrow waist. There are many types of wasps, including hornets and yellow jackets, which are two social species, meaning they live together in colonies where each individual has a specific role. These roles include queens, reproductive females (sterile female workers), and reproductive males. But some wasp species are solitary, which means they live alone and do not depend on others to survive.

Like bees, wasps are also important pollinators, but some species are also predators. Predator wasps help regulate insect populations, including crop-destroying pests. Overall, wasps are vital to a healthy ecosystem, but that doesn't make them any less of a problem for people!

Are wasps dangerous?

Wasps will usually leave people alone when they are left alone. However, they can be disturbed easily, and social wasps will swarm and sting multiple times when this happens. Some people are allergic to wasp venom and can have a severe reaction, so it is best to leave wasp nests alone, even if you think it is empty.

Why do I have a wasp problem?

Like other flying pests, wasps are difficult to control. But some properties experience more issues with wasps than others because wasps look for flowering plants to consume nectar, wood fibers to build their nests, and water. So if you are having a wasp problem, it is likely because your property provides these needs.

Where will I find wasps?

Wasps look for warm and dry places to build their nests, including between walls if they get inside. However, they don't need to get inside to be a problem as they can build nests under decks, window and door frames, eaves, ground holes, and other places that provide protection.

How do I get rid of wasps?

Whether you have an active wasp nest or want to prevent one from forming, you can trust our expert technicians at Celtic Pest Control. Instead of putting yourself in harm's way by trying to get rid of a wasp nest on your own, let us handle this dangerous task, keeping you and your family safe during the process.

We offer specialty wasp control services in Reno, NV, which allows you to receive only the treatments you need without an annual contract. Contact us today to learn more!

How can I prevent wasps in the future?

To keep wasps from building their nests on your property, we recommend eliminating the factors that are appealing to these pests. You can do this with these tips:

  • Keep flowering plants away from your home and reduce the amount you have in your yard.
  • Empty any collected rainwater and repair leaking faucets and pipes.
  • Fill in ground holes to prevent wasps from building nests.
  • Don't leave food or drinks out, and use garbage cans and compost bins with fitted lids.

You should also inspect the exterior of your home to ensure there aren't ways for wasps to get inside where they can build a nest in wall voids. 

An essential part of wasp prevention is catching newly forming colonies before they grow. The best way to do this is with routine inspections. Call Celtic Pest Control today to learn how we can help you with your home pest control and commercial pest management needs.

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