Getting to Know Louisiana Wasps: A Guide for Homeowners

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on May 04, 2023 · 3 mins read

If you’re a Louisiana homeowner, chances are you’ve seen your fair share of wasps buzzing around your yard. While these insects can be intimidating, it’s important to know that not all wasps are created equal. In fact, many species of wasps are beneficial to our ecosystem as they help control other insect populations. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the common types of wasps you might see in Louisiana and how to identify them.

DIY Wasp removal recommendations

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Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are perhaps the most well-known type of wasp in Louisiana. These aggressive insects have a yellow and black striped abdomen and are typically found in large colonies. They often build their nests underground or in hollow trees, and can become particularly aggressive if their nest is disturbed. If you encounter a yellow jacket, it’s best to keep your distance and call a professional exterminator if necessary.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are another common type of wasp found in Louisiana. These insects are usually brown or reddish-brown in color with yellow markings. Unlike yellow jackets, paper wasps build their nests above ground, often in sheltered areas such as under eaves or in tree branches. They are generally less aggressive than yellow jackets, but can still sting if provoked. If you spot a paper wasp nest near your home, it’s best to leave it alone and call a professional if the nest poses a threat to your family.


Hornets are larger than both yellow jackets and paper wasps, and have a black and white striped abdomen. They also build their nests above ground, typically in trees or shrubs. Hornets are known for their aggressive behavior and will attack if they feel threatened. If you encounter a hornet, it’s important to move away slowly and avoid swatting at it. Call a professional if you need assistance removing a hornet’s nest.

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are less common than the other types of wasps mentioned, but are still worth noting. These small, slender wasps are usually black or metallic blue in color and build their nests out of mud. You might find their nests on the sides of buildings or under porch roofs. Unlike other wasps, mud daubers are solitary creatures and do not live in colonies. They are also generally non-aggressive and will only sting if provoked.

In conclusion, it’s important for Louisiana homeowners to be aware of the different types of wasps they might encounter in their backyards. While some species, such as yellow jackets and hornets, can be dangerous and require professional removal, others like paper wasps and mud daubers can coexist peacefully with humans. By learning how to identify these insects and how to react when encountering them, you can make your backyard a safer place for everyone.