Stinging Insects in Calistoga, CA; How to Get Rid of Wasps & Hornets Around Your House

Stinging insects such as wasps and hornets are common pests found during the summer months in the The Bay Area. Unfortunately, these nuisance insects often turn out to be more than just unwelcome guests at your family gathering or cookout. According to the National Pest Management Association, stinging insects are responsible for sending more than half a million people to the hospital each year. Individuals suffering with allergies to their venom are the most susceptible, but anyone can be affected by stinging insects that swarm and attack in large numbers injecting venom into their victims simultaneously.

Stinging Insect & Nest Inspection

The best way to protect family and guests from stinging insects this summer is make sure that your property has not become a hidden haven for the paper like nests most often constructed by wasps. The knowledgeable experts at Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay recommend walking the exterior of your home and paying particular attention to eaves, overhangs, and under decks and porches for evidence of wasp nests. Also walk your property and visually inspect trees, shrubs, and exterior structures such as sheds and storage buildings. If you find a nest, never attempt to remove it yourself. Wasps and hornets are territorial and will become defensive and begin to attack when they feel threatened. Contact your licensed Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay professional for safe removal and disposal of the nest.

Types of Wasps & Hornets Found in The Bay Area

The most common wasps and hornets found in the Bay area include:
Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets can be identified by their distinctive yellow and black stripes. They range in size from 3/8 – 5/8 of an inch and typically live in nests constructed of a series of paper combs covered with additional layers of paper. Although some species can be found living near the ground around logs and timber or plant roots. Yellow jackets may also elect to build aerial nests which can be found attached to houses, garages and sheds. They are often slow to sting, but if threatened will attack in large numbers. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have the capacity to sting multiple times.
Paper Wasp: The paper wasp is brown in color with red or yellow markings. Just as the name implies, the paper wasp receives its name from the paper-like material which is used to construct nests which are often described as resembling an umbrella. The nests can be found hanging from branches of trees, porch ceilings, eaves, deck floor joints, door frames and other structures. Paper wasps are not considered aggressive, but can produce a painful sting if they feel threatened. If the nest is located close to property, professional removal is recommended.
Mud Daubers: Mud Daubers are often referred to as dirt dauber, dirt diver, dirt digger or mud wasp. Their appearance is described as long and slender, typically black in coloring with a metallic luster. The mud dauber is solitary and lives in mud tubes which are constructed side by side. Nests can be found under porch ceilings, eaves, in garages, sheds and other structures. Mud daubers are considered to be beneficial because they aid in the control of spiders.
Bald-faced Hornets: Bald-faced hornets can be identified by their black bodies and distinct white faces. They are part of the yellow jacket family and are not considered true hornets. They build large paper nests which can be found on utility poles, trees, overhangs and many other types of structures. Workers will aggressively defend their nest when threatened by repeatedly stinging anyone in the vicinity.

Wasp & Hornet Stinging Insect Control

For more information regarding professional prevention, control, and removal of stinging insects including wasps and hornets from your home or business in The Bay Area, contact the knowledgeable experts at Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay today.


Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
4685 Scotts Valley Rd.
Lakeport, CA 95453
(800) 760-3028

Hydrex Pest Control of the North Bay Inc.
1120 Industrial Ave
#18 Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 795-6345


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