Elizabeth City Property Owner's Complete Wasp Prevention Guide


Wasps can be painful pests. It is no fun to have them visiting your backyard gatherings or to have one resting on an outdoor chair you intend to sit on. When you come in contact with a wasp, you can get a painful reminder that it is good to be proactive about wasp pest control in Elizabeth City. The first step in being proactive about wasp control is to take a few minutes to read this short article.

We're going to go over a few types of wasps we have in Elizabeth City, problems they create, prevention tips, and the best way to get rid of wasps. As always, if you're currently dealing with a pest problem in Elizabeth City, you can contact us immediately by jumping to our contact page. We'll send a licensed pest professional over to help you resolve your problem.

The Types Of Wasps That Invade Elizabeth City Yards

We have several wasp species that can be a "pain" to deal with, but three that stand out from the rest.

The Paper Wasp

These wasps can be reddish-brown or yellow and black. They create aerial nests made of pulp and saliva. If you find one paper wasp flying around in your yard, you don't need to be concerned. They're generally docile away from their nests. Unfortunately, a paper wasp that is near its nest can alert the nest and cause a swarm.

The Yellow Jacket Wasp

These tiny wasps are yellow and black. They look like fat paper wasps. It is always a good idea to not make any rapid motions when you see a yellow jacket wasp, whether it is near its nest or not. It can be aggressive. You'll find these wasps create nests in ground holes, particularly in your landscaping.

The Cicada Killer Wasp

These are big wasps. They can be as much as 2 inches. Yikes! But, don't worry. These are solitary wasps. A cicada killer wasp isn't likely to sting you unless you sit on it, or handle it (we don't recommend doing either). You'll find these wasps in ground burrows they create in soft soil.

All The Problems Wasps Can Create Around Your Property

The obvious problem wasps present is that they are a stinging hazard. Paper wasps and yellow jacket wasps are the greater risk for this. Cicada killer wasps are considered to be lawn and landscape pests because they create unsightly mounds of dirt.

Five Eco-Friendly Wasp Prevention Tips

Long before you consider contacting a professional for wasp removal service in Elizabeth City, there are many things you can do to reduce issues with wasps. Here are five prevention tips that can deter wasps:

  1. Address weed problems, particularly weeds that have flowers.
  2. Clean your gutters and make repairs to broken areas of your gutter system.
  3. Apply mulch over sandy areas or ground that has soft soil for cicada killer wasps to burrow in.
  4. In early spring, perform wasp removal on your property. Look for little paper wasp starter nests, and remove them during the day with a broom. Always be cautious with wasp removal. Make sure there are no wasps on or near the nest. Take note: For nests that are well on their way to be constructed, or that have several wasps crawling on them, get wasp removal service in Elizabeth City.
  5. Fill in ground holes in your yard to deter little yellow jacket wasps from moving in.

The Best Way To Handle A Wasp Infestation In Your Yard

Whether you currently have a wasp problem, or you'd like to prevent a problem from starting, the best solution is to contact Albemarle Termite & Pest Control. Our licensed professionals know the best way to get rid of wasps, how to deal with little yellow jacket wasps in your landscaping, and what is required to proactively prevent wasp problems. Reach out to us today to learn more or to request service.