Understanding the Black and Yellow Wasps in Texas

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on March 23, 2023 · 2 mins read

Are you curious about the black and yellow wasps buzzing around your backyard in Texas? These stinging insects can be intimidating, but with a little knowledge, you can understand their behavior and safely remove them from your property.

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.

Identifying Black and Yellow Wasps in Texas

There are several species of black and yellow wasps commonly found in Texas, including paper wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. While they may look similar, there are some key differences you can look for to help identify them.

Paper wasps have long, slender bodies and distinctive yellow and brown stripes. They build small paper nests and prefer sheltered areas like eaves, porches, and attics. Yellow jackets are more robust with bright yellow and black markings. They build large underground nests and are often found near trash cans and compost piles. Hornets are the largest of the three with broad, dark wings and white or yellow markings on their faces. They build large paper nests in trees and shrubs.

Behavior of Black and Yellow Wasps

Black and yellow wasps are social insects that live in colonies. They play an important role in controlling other insect populations, but they can also become aggressive when threatened. If you disturb their nest or threaten their territory, they may sting you repeatedly, which can be dangerous for people who are allergic to their venom.

Tips for Safe Removal of Black and Yellow Wasps

If you discover a black and yellow wasp nest in your backyard, it’s best to call a professional pest control company to remove it. However, if you decide to do it yourself, follow these safety tips:

  • Wear protective clothing, including long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a hat.
  • Approach the nest slowly and quietly, and avoid sudden movements.
  • Use a flashlight at night to locate the entrance to the nest.
  • Spray the nest with insecticide that is labeled for wasp control, and aim for the entrance.
  • Wait until nighttime to remove the nest, as the wasps will be less active.


While black and yellow wasps can be intimidating, understanding their behavior and learning how to identify them can help you coexist with them safely. Remember to always prioritize your safety and call a professional if you’re unsure about removing a nest yourself.