Navigating Wasps in Colorado: A Comprehensive Guide

As the warm days of summer extend into fall in Colorado Springs, the buzzing of insects fills the air. Among these creatures are wasps, fascinating yet sometimes misunderstood members of the insect world. In this article, brought to you by Complete Pest Control, we’ll shed light on the common types of wasps found in Colorado Springs, their behavior, effective measures to coexist with wasps and the methods of pest control we utilize to keep your home safe and enjoyable.

macro photography of wasp. Wasps in Colorado can be very common, especially as we enter into the fall season.
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Identifying Common Wasp Species in Colorado

Paper Wasps: Recognizable by their distinctive papery nests, paper wasps are social insects that construct open-cell nests under eaves, ledges, and in shrubs. These wasps are generally non-aggressive, but their stings can be painful if threatened.

Yellowjackets: Often encountered near trash bins and picnics, yellowjackets are known for their vibrant yellow and black markings. These social wasps build nests underground or in voids, and they can become aggressive when they perceive a threat to their nest.

Mud Daubers: Mud daubers are solitary wasps that build distinctive mud nests. They are less likely to sting humans unless provoked, as their main objective is to hunt spiders to provision their nests.

The Benefits of Wasps

While wasps might provoke anxiety due to their stinging ability, they also provide vital ecosystem services:

Natural Pest Control: Many wasps are predatory and help control populations of insects such as caterpillars, flies, and other pests.

Pollination: Some wasp species are effective pollinators, contributing to the reproduction of various plants.

Wasp nest found in eastern Colorado Springs. It is not uncommon to find these nests as large as a basketball.

Safety Precautions

To minimize the chances of encountering wasps and avoid getting stung:

Proper Food Handling: Keep food and beverages covered when outdoors to prevent attracting yellowjackets. Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

Stay Calm and Still: If a wasp approaches, remain calm and avoid sudden movements. Swatting at a wasp can increase the likelihood of getting stung.

Protective Clothing: When engaging in outdoor activities like gardening or picnics, consider wearing light-colored clothing and avoiding floral patterns, which can attract wasps.

If you are stung by a wasp, UC Health recommends placing ice on the sting. However, you should never place ice directly on the skin, use a towel as a barrier. If the pain persists, you may need to seek medical attention.

close up of a wasp on a leaf
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Professional Wasp Control

If wasp nests pose a threat to you, your family, or pets, it’s best to seek professional help. Complete Pest Control offers safe and effective wasp pest control services, including nest removal services, ensuring that nests are eliminated without harming beneficial pollinators or other wildlife.

Call us at (719)331-9646 to schedule your local pest control today.

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