Wasp Extermination Services in Colorado

Wasps are stinging insects who are aggressive. They are useful in that they feed on garden pests in addition to nectar, but they do not pollinate in the same way that bees do. Wasps are longer than bees and have a narrow waist.

If you see a wasp nest on your property, do not attempt to remove it on your own as wasps will aggressively protect their nests. Call Colorado Pest Pros for your wasp nest removal needs.

How to Control Wasps

Wasps can really only be controlled through prevention. Colorado Pest Pros can come out in the spring to help with preventing a wasp infestation for that year.

The Wasp Extermination 3-Step Process

  1. Identification of species. Once the pest professional has identified the species they will know the best way to treat your infestation.
  2. Evaluation of the infestation. The pest professional will find the nests, and evaluate home factors such as pets and children to determine the safest manner of extermination.
  3. Treatment. Once all the factors are evaluated, appropriate treatment will be applied. With wasps, this usually involves killing the nest’s occupants before carefully removing the nest itself.

Wasps vs Bees: Did You Know?

  • Wasps and bees both feed on nectar and they do both pollinate plants. Wasps do not make honey while all species of bees do.
  • A Queen wasp will only live for 12 months while a queen bee will live as long as six years. Worker and drone wasps will live from 10 to 22 days while worker and drone bees will live for 122 to 152 days.
  • Honey bees are federally protected. If you have a honey bee hive on your property, it will have to be moved by a beekeeper as opposed to being destroyed.
  • Wasps have completely hairless bodies while bees are rounder and covered in hair. This allows bees to transport pollen back to their hives.
  • Bees die after stinging you. The force of stinging literally rips the stinger from their body, tearing apart their abdomens and demolishing their digestive systems.

There are over 100,000 species of wasps in the world. Colorado is only home to eight different species. Wasps are either social or solitary. Social breeds include yellow jackets, two varieties of paper wasps, and bald-faced hornets. These breeds are very aggressive as they are primarily concerned with protecting their colony.

Solitary wasp species include hunting wasps, mud daubers, spider wasps, and velvet ants. These wasps will normally go out of their way to avoid contact. Any stings by solitary species are usually accidental.

Queen wasps only live for 12 months, while workers and drone wasps only live for 10 to 22 days. They go from egg to larva to adult during their lifecycle.

Wasps are long and narrow with a very slim waist. They have two sets of wings. Most wasps are of the yellow and black striped variety. They have smooth non-hairy bodies.

Wasps feed on nectar and smaller pests in the garden. They will become very aggressive if they believe that you are a threat to their nests. If one of them is injured, they will release a pheromone that will call the colony for help.