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Pests | October 2, 2023

Subterranean Paper Wasps in the Texas Hill Country

Subterranean paper wasps are a type of paper wasp that builds its nest underground. They are common in Texas and can be a nuisance pest.

What are subterranean paper wasps?

Subterranean paper wasps are slender, narrow-waisted wasps with smoky black wings that are folded lengthwise when at rest. Body coloration varies with species, but most subterranean paper wasps in Texas are brown with yellow markings on the head, thorax, and abdomen.

Where do subterranean paper wasps live?

Subterranean paper wasps build their nests in the ground, often in sunny areas near buildings or other structures. They may also nest in abandoned rodent burrows or other pre-existing cavities.

What problems can subterranean paper wasps cause?

Subterranean paper wasps are not typically aggressive towards humans, but they can sting if they feel threatened. Their stings are painful and can cause allergic reactions in some people.

Subterranean paper wasps can also be a nuisance pest because they are attracted to food and drinks. They may enter homes and businesses in search of food, and they can be difficult to get rid of once they have established a nest.

How to deal with subterranean paper wasps

If you have a subterranean paper wasp nest on your property, it is important to have it removed by a professional pest control company. Pest control companies have the experience and equipment necessary to safely and effectively remove subterranean paper wasp nests.

Here are some tips to help prevent subterranean paper wasps from nesting on your property:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices in your foundation or exterior walls.
  • Keep your yard free of debris, such as leaves, grass clippings, and piles of wood.
  • Avoid leaving food and drinks outside.
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep it clean and chlorinated.

If you see a subterranean paper wasp, do not try to swat it or kill it yourself. This could provoke the wasp to sting you. Instead, call a professional pest control company for assistance.

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