Arizona Wasps: The Buzzing Insects in Your Backyard

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on April 21, 2023 · 2 mins read

Are you tired of seeing buzzing insects in your backyard? Don’t worry - you’re not alone. As a fellow homeowner, I know how important it is to keep our outdoor spaces safe and enjoyable for ourselves and our families. In this article, we’ll discuss the various species of wasps found in Arizona and how to identify them.

DIY Wasp removal recommendations

For non aggressive wasps I've had great luck spraying the nests with this Spectracide wasp remover in the evening. For more aggressive wasps I also use this rediculous looking upper torso Beekeeping suit. It seems silly, but trust me, it's amazing.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are a common type of wasp found in Arizona. They are black and yellow in color and have a distinct narrow waist. These aggressive insects can be found near trash cans, picnic areas, and other food sources. If you notice a yellow jacket nest on your property, it’s best to call a professional exterminator to safely remove it.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are another common type of wasp found in Arizona. They are brownish-red in color and have long legs that hang down when they fly. Paper wasps build papery nests that resemble an upside-down umbrella. If you see a paper wasp nest on your property, keep your distance and avoid disturbing it. If you need to remove a paper wasp nest, it’s best to call a professional.

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are a type of solitary wasp found in Arizona. They are black or metallic blue in color and have a thin waist. Mud daubers build their nests out of mud and lay their eggs inside. These wasps are generally not aggressive and are beneficial as they prey on spiders and other insects.

Cicada Killers

Cicada killers are a large type of wasp found in Arizona. They are black and yellow in color and can grow up to two inches in length. Cicada killers are not typically aggressive towards humans and only sting if provoked. They are called “cicada killers” because they hunt cicadas and use them to feed their young.

Tips for Keeping Your Backyard Safe

  • Regularly inspect your property for wasp nests.
  • Keep your garbage cans tightly sealed.
  • Avoid leaving food or drinks outside.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and pants, when doing yard work.
  • If you do get stung, remove the stinger and apply ice to reduce swelling.

In conclusion, knowing how to identify the different types of wasps found in Arizona can help keep you and your family safe while enjoying your backyard. Remember to take precautions and seek professional help when necessary. Happy backyard-ing!