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Are Wasps In Orange Dangerous?

July 15, 2021 - Stinging Insects

There are many reasons people may choose to stay inside their homes rather than go outside on their property. One common reason people avoid spending time in their yards is that there are wasp nests, and wasps are dangerous, right? Today, we are to break down the dangers wasps pose to people in our area and provide you with some simple and helpful tips to keep these pests out of your yard.

What Wasps Live In Orange County

Wasps come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and color patterns. The three most common species in the Orange County, CA area are paper wasps, mud daubers, and yellow jackets. Despite their similarities in appearance, all three of these pests are extremely different in their habits and threat levels. Here is a basic breakdown of each so that you know what you are up against.

  • Mud Daubers: Mud daubers are the least aggressive species of wasps in our area. This solitary stinging insect uses gathered mud to build its nest on the side of trees, buildings, and other structures. Mud daubers are black and 1/2 to 1 inch long with a metallic luster.
  • Paper Wasps: Paper wasps are social creatures that live in large hives made from chewed-up paper. If directly threatened, this pest will become aggressive and has the most painful sting of any stinging insect in our area. The paper wasp has a 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long brownish body and yellow markings.
  • Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets, like paper wasps, are social and live in large colonies made out of chewed-up paper. These sleek-looking insects are the most aggressive wasps in our area. You are most likely to be stung by this pest during the late fall months. The yellow jacket is yellow and black with a 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long body.

How Dangerous Is A Wasp Sting?

Most people are aware that wasp stings are painful and are why we actively avoid these pests outdoors. Something you may not know is that to some people, wasp stings can be fatal. While the average person would need to be stung several dozen times to have any risk of serious bodily harm, individuals with venom allergies only need to be stung once to be injured. One thing to note is that people develop venom allergies as they get older. If you are unsure of whether you are at risk, consult your doctor. They will perform the needed tests and get you the necessary treatments, like an EpiPen if you are at risk.

Some Prevention Strategies For Wasps

Regardless of whether or not you are allergic to wasps, we can all agree these are not pests we want buzzing around our properties. To keep these stinging insects away from your Orange County, CA home, here are some helpful prevention tips to try.

  • Reduce clutter around your yard.
  • Fill in holes made by other yard pests.
  • Pick up fallen fruits and berries.
  • Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
  • Knock down wasp nests that are smaller than a baseball and have no one home.

If you have wasps on your property, remove them by getting the Black Diamond Pest Control professionals involved. We have invested countless hours into our craft and have the industrial-grade equipment needed to handle wasps safely and effectively. We are also committed to providing members of our community with trustworthy and reliable services.

Don’t let these pests threaten you this summer, call our experts today and find your fast solution to dangerous wasps.