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Are The Wasps In Souderton Dangerous?

October 8, 2021


Wasps can be kind of terrifying. They’re like bees but pointer, and they sting more. Even though wasps are good for the environment because they pollinate like bees and target other pests, they’re not necessarily wanted near the home.

Most wasp species won’t sting without reason, but the stings are still something to avoid. Those with allergies could face a life-threatening reaction, and those without could face multiple painful stings. Despite the dangers, many homeowners are under the illusion that handling a wasp nest with trash bags, baseball bats, or fire is safe and effective when dealing with stinging insects. Unfortunately, wasps are not good pests to handle on your own.

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Three Common Wasps In Pennsylvania

There are a few common species in Pennsylvania to keep in mind. Though some wasps can look similar to bees, most of them can easily be distinguished by their narrower shapes and (most of the time) lack hair. Three common wasp types in the area include paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, and yellowjackets.

Paper wasps:

  • Brownish with yellow and sometimes reddish markings

  • Grow up to ¾ of an inch long

  • Six long legs and two antennae

  • Thin waist

  • Umbrella-like nests made of paper

  • Likely to hang nests from tree limbs, door frames, rafters, or other covered areas

Bald-faced Hornet:

  • Black bodies, white patterned face, thorax, and abdomen

  • Queens can grow up to ¾ of an inch long

  • The waist is longer but still thin

  • Paper nests are enclosed, unlike paper wasps’ nests

  • Build nests three or more feet off the ground, usually in trees, shrubs, or covered areas


  • Black with yellow markings

  • Can grow up to ⅝ of an inch long

  • Thin waist with a more robust body

  • Paper nests built in attics, eaves, or underground

  • Extremely territorial

While yellowjackets are the most aggressive of the three, all of these stinging insects can spell bad news for your Souderton property.

How To Prevent A Wasp Infestation

It might seem like wasps do whatever they want for the most part, but there are ways to prevent them from choosing your home as their hub. Here are a few suggestions to make your home less appealing to stinging insects of all kinds.

  • Keep food covered, or don’t leave food sources outside.

  • Clean up spills, and keep trash cans tightly closed and frequently sanitized.

  • Don’t overplant your garden flowers.

  • Don’t leave open water sources, and fix leaking water pipes or hoses.

  • Keep trees, and hedges trimmed to discourage stinging insects from nesting.

Overall, sweet smells, water, and food will draw more than just wasps to your property, so keep a tight lid on the trash and keep it away from high-traffic areas. Even still, sometimes, the cleanest porches have to deal with wasp infestations. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that seemingly empty nests are benign, and don’t try to handle any nests on your own. While generally not aggressive, most wasps sting when their nests are threatened or approached, and no one wants to risk an allergic reaction.

Moyer Pest Control Can Help With Your Stinging Insect Problem

For safe and professional handling of stinging insects in Souderton, call Moyer Pest Control. Not only are stings a risk to your health, but harmful pesticides can also be a hazard. Leave it to Moyer Pest Control, and don’t risk exposure to harmful chemicals. If you don’t have a current infestation but want to discuss prevention methods, visit us online or call Moyer Pest Control today.

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