Red Wasp


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Red Wasp: Identification, Removal, Lifecycle

These wasps are given their name due to the reddish-brown color of its body and head. They have long blackish-purple wings and a brown stripe on their abdomen.

Red Wasp Characteristics

Red wasps are one of two types of paper wasps. Be careful trying to remove a red wasp nest on your own. Red wasps will sting if they feel threatened but typically aren’t aggressive if left alone.

Where Are Red Wasps Found?

Red wasps can be found in the eastern U.S., from Texas through Nebraska.

Red Wasps Habitat

Red wasps create elaborate, paper-like nests. They are social wasps, meaning each nest houses a single queen wasp who lays eggs for the rest of the colony and other female wasp workers help the leader with nesting.

What Do Red Wasps Eat?

Red wasps eat caterpillars, flies, bees, ants, spiders and sometimes other wasps.

Red Wasps Biology & Lifecycle

The female and male wasp will mate once a year. After mating, the female wasp goes into hibernation in the ground until winter passes. The males then die. Some female wasps in the nest are sterile, so their only job is to tend to the eggs and larvae. As spring continues, the nest develops and more eggs and larvae are produced. Male wasps grow from unfertilized eggs and fertile females will then begin mating.

Red Wasp Damage

Red wasp nests can grow to massive proportions. They can become aggressive and will sting in self-defense.

Red Wasp Infestations

Red wasps prefer nesting in the opening of trees. They can be found hanging on porch ceilings, window and door frames, deck floors and attic rafters.

Good Riddance: How To Get Rid of Red Wasps

It is not recommended that homeowners attempt to remove red wasp nests themselves. Contact a pest control provider like Western Exterminator to safely remove the nest. 

A trained technician will be sure to look around your property to locate all nests. If possible, technicians will avoid removing nests during the day, when wasps are most active. Technicians will often wait until evening to treat or remove the nest. When the temperature drops to 50 °F or lower, wasps become lethargic in cooler temperatures. 

Commercial wasp spray may be used by pest control professionals to remove wasp nests. 

Before trimming shrubs or hedges or picking fruit, inspect the area for wasps to protect yourself from getting stung.

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