What do red wasps look like?

Red wasps measure between ¾ and 1 inch long. These stinging insects are rust-colored and may have yellow markings on their mouths or portions of their legs. Females are more red than males. They also have two sets of wings on their backs that are black or dark brown. Due to their large size, dark bodies, and bright legs, red wasps are easily visible.

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When are wasps most active?

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What do red wasps eat?

As with all stinging insects, and most general insects, red wasps eat nectar from flowers. But, they have a preference for protein sources, which they get from bugs. Some of their favorite bugs are caterpillars, beetle larvae, and cicadas.

When red wasps nest in your yard, they're likely to check out your trash receptacles. They feed on sources of protein you throw away.

Do red wasps sting?

Female red wasps can inflict painful stings and sting multiple times due to their smooth stingers. Male adults do not have the ability to sting. 

Are red wasps harmful?

Stings from red wasps typically cause localized pain and a minor wound. However, it's important to be cautious if you have a stinging insect allergy, as an allergic reaction can lead to severe symptoms, including anaphylaxis.

Are red wasps aggressive?

Although red wasps are not as aggressive as other types of wasps and aren't likely to sting unless provoked, they will defend their nests. 

What attracts red wasps?

Several attractants can bring these stinging pests into your yard. Some of them are likely to surprise you.

  • Flowering plants provide a source of nectar. 
  • Bugs provide an ample source of protein. Yards that do not have pest management are more susceptible to wasp problems.
  • Open trash receptacles can lure wasps with the scent of leftover food.
  • Sweet substances, such as ripe fruit and sugary drinks. 
  • Branches, logs, stumps, and scrap wood can attract wasps. They use the pulp to create their nests.
  • An accessible shed or power box can attract wasps, particularly in the winter, if the temperatures dip down a bit.
  • Puddles and other water sources provide a drink. While wasps can derive moisture from nectar and other food sources, they still need water for survival. 

Check your yard for these attractants and consider addressing them to make it less interesting to these and other stinging insects. 

Where do red wasps nest?

Red wasps create aerial nests. You'll find them mostly in sheltered locations. They want to create their nests in spots that are protected from heavy winds and rain. Here are a few places you'll find them.

  • Under roof overhangs.
  • On the ceilings of porches.
  • Underneath and inside power boxes.
  • In the umbrellas of unused lawn furniture.
  • Inside sheds and other outbuildings.
  • Inside tree cavities.
  • Within wall voids.

When you find a wasp nest, contact your Anti-Pest service team for nest removal. 

How far do red wasps travel from their nest?

The distance a wasp will travel from its nests depends on food availability, environmental conditions, and favorable nesting options. In most cases, they forage close to their nests and will not travel more than about 50 yards. But they can travel much farther than that if they can't find what they need. Typically, these wasps move from property to property. If you start to have a wasp problem, you're likely to keep having problems until you take action.

How do I get rid of red wasps?

Reach out to Anti-Pest for help dealing with red wasps on your property. Our pest control company provides ongoing home pest control services and commercial pest solutions that address stinging insects and other pest problems. Committed to service since 1950, Anti-Pest has proudly served Bossier, Caddo, and DeSoto Parishes; you can depend on us! 

How can I make my property less appealing to red wasps? 

To discourage wasp activity on your property, we recommend:

  • Removing the attractants mentioned above. 
  • Sealing entry points to keep them out of your home or building.
  • Keeping your exterior lights off when not in use to reduce other insect activity.
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