There are few insects that can elicit a visceral reaction from humans like wasps can. When these dangerous-looking stingers buzz around properties, they raise serious concern for homeowners. If you are looking for a way to stop red wasps from building nests on your property, we would like to help. Here is how to keep red wasps away as well as some ways these pests cause problems in Birmingham.

What Red Wasps Look Like

Red wasps are common in many areas around the United States. If you are not from Alabama, you may know these pests as paper wasps. We call them red wasps here because of their odd brownish-red color. Further identify this insect by its pinched waist, large stinger, six legs, two antennae, and yellow or red markings. Where do red wasps live? These pests build large nests out of pulp underneath eaves, under tree branches, and even inside holes in the ground. If you see these wasps buzzing around your yard but do not see a nest, be extra careful where you step.

Why Red Wasps May Be Attracted To Your Home

Red wasps are drawn to areas that provide them with opportunities to build shelter and gather food. If you didn't know, wasps eat things that contain sugars or protein. In nature wasps mainly live on things like insects, pollen, and honeydew. Around area properties, red wasps might eat other things like pet food, left-out sugary beverages, and scraps of cookout meat. If you eat outdoors regularly or have fruit trees, berry bushes, and flowers in your yard, you will be more likely to have trouble with these invasive pests. As for nesting opportunities, all red wasps need is a sturdy wall, tree, or abandoned burrow. 

Why Are Red Wasps Aggressive?

Something that might surprise you is that wasps are not naturally aggressive creatures. Are red wasps dangerous? Yes. Do they go out of their way to pick a fight? No. Why do wasps sting? Most species sting to protect their nest and queen or to defend themselves. If you find a wasp buzzing around in your yard a good distance from its nest, the chances of them turning on you are minimal. Keeping this in mind, it is not a good idea to wander close to a red wasp’s nest. This is sometimes hard to do since some species build nests underground or in other secluded areas where people walk. It is not unheard of for someone out walking to step into a nest, inciting violence from a full colony of wasps. Having a nest on your property is a great motivator to stay inside and not enjoy everything your yard and exterior living areas have to offer. 

How To Properly Deal With Red Wasps

If you are looking for a way to get rid of wasps in Birmingham, you only have two options. The first is to try to eliminate the nest on your own. This method is more dangerous depending on the size of the nest. We recommend staying away from any wasp nest that is larger than a golf ball. If you have noticed a nest on your property and are trying to avoid being attacked, let us help. At Pest Control Experts, we offer detailed wasp removal and identification services. Whether these pests are building in your attic, in a hole in your yard, or somewhere else on your property, we have the tools and training to get the job done right.

Contact us today to learn about how we treat for different types of paper wasps in Birmingham. Let us prove why we are your absolute best option for pest control in Birmingham.