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Wasps of Colorado – How to Identify and Keep Away

Wasps can effectively control other insects, but they can also be a nuisance to humans, especially when they come in large colonies. Wasps, like establishing their colonies and building nests around homes, can pose a threat to your home or campsite. In Colorado, these insects collect on large colonies and form the most stinging insects in the area.

Although there are several species of wasps, the common ones in Colorado are paper wasps(image top of page) and yellow jackets as in this picture:


Wasps can interfere with your peace when they descend on you, whether you are having an outdoor barbecue or just entertaining guests on your patio.

They also pose a threat to both your family and pets and they can send confusion all around your home with children screaming and animals uneasy when they decide to attack.

That is why it is best to know how best to deal with them before they affect your peace in your home. Here are a few facts you need to know about wasps to help you save your family from the nuisance of stinging wasps.



Wasp Nests

One of the most important things to do when handling wasp nests is to know the dos and don’ts when removing wasp nests. Removing the nest in the wrong way can result in a worse situation. One of the things that homeowners think when they see these nests is to remove them. But doing that without proper training or the right equipment can be dangerous. Most of the wasp’s nests will be on elevated areas, and you will need a ladder to reach them. That is why you need professional wasp control specialists to do the job for you. Otherwise, it is easy to injure yourself in the process and incur more expenses in seeking treatment. Here are some of the don’ts when dealing with wasp’s nests.


Hose it down

These inspectors will not appreciate seeing you hosing down their nests and will consider that a very bad disturbance and threat to their lives. That will make them attack you badly because they consider you as an enemy disturbing their peace.


Hit it With a Stick

Hitting the wasp’s nest with a stick may destroy it, but you may end up being attacked so badly by the angry wasps after the nest falls on the ground. Likewise, if you are using a short stick that may need you to stand on something to reach the nest, you may end up falling when the insects descend on you. That is why it is not a good idea to use a stick to remove the nests.



Use Fire to Burn the Nests

While the fire will be effective in destroying the nests, it will also affect other things. It will, most likely, burn whatever the nest was attached to, and if you are not careful, it may set your property on fire. Therefore it is advisable never to consider removing the wasp’s nest with fire.


The best way to deal with wasp nets is to give it a professional approach. A professional wasp control will provide a safe and effective way of removing the nests. They have invested inexpensive products and safety equipment in helping them deal with the nets without interfering with your property or safety. The experts also are well trained, and they know how to deal with the situation without posing any risk to themselves or the property owners.


Prevent Wasp Infestation by Landscaping Methods

Although you may not prevent a few wasps from flying around your yard, you can ensure they do not build nests to breed, as that can cause you some nightmares. That is why you need to be on the lookout to note any colonies are forming and take the right steps to prevent that from happening. Here are some tricks to help you keep wasps away from your Colorado Spring home.


Tree Trimming

Wasps like to make nests in tree branches and other high places that can provide anchor points. They will also look for tree branches that can provide shade to rest in the nests without the scorching sun. The best way to ensure that does not happen is to keep your landscaping trees well-trimmed, as that will reduce the possibility of the wasps building nets on them.


Plant Selection

Although wasps like resting and building nests on trees, not all trees are attractive to them. Therefore it will help you to choose your landscaping plants that do not attract pests. A good selection of trees and yard plants can help you keep wasps away from your Colorado yards.



All insects are attracted to moisture, and therefore, wasps will concentrate in areas that have water. Since they also eat other bungs, they know they can find several of them in areas with water. Therefore, keeping your place dry or covering stagnant water is one of the best ways to avoid wasps.


Food Storage

While keeping your yard clean and trimming trees is important, leaving food out uncovered, especially during barbecues and parties, will attract not only wasps and other pests in the area. Sugary foods are very attractive to wasps and other insects, and leaving the remains out without clearing them will attract wasps to your home. Also, food remains and trash storage around your home attract all sorts of insects, and wasps are not an exception. The best way to deal with that is to ensure all the food trash is well covered to avoid insect infestation.


Professional Help

Professionals will ensure that your yard is shielded from wasp nests by carrying out a thorough treatment of the surroundings. The experts know the products and the right method to use them to free your home from pests.


If you note a large wasp colony in your yard, it is best not to handle it yourself, as it may be dangerous. Sometimes, the nets may be in places that do not threaten anyone, especially far from home. If that is the case, you may need to wait until they abandon the nest as that is part of their nature. However, if undisturbed, the nests built away from home may not threaten the family, and leaving them could be one of the best ways of handling them.