Identifying Wasp Species in Oklahoma: A Guide for Homeowners

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on April 15, 2023 · 2 mins read

Are you confused by the different types of wasps buzzing around your Oklahoma home? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! In this guide, we will go over the common wasp species found in Oklahoma and tips on 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.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are commonly found in Oklahoma and are known for their paper-like nests. They have long bodies with yellow and black stripes and are often mistaken for yellow jackets. However, paper wasps are less aggressive than yellow jackets and only sting when they feel threatened.

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are one of the most aggressive wasp species in Oklahoma. They are yellow and black and have a shorter body than paper wasps. They build their nests underground and can become very territorial, especially during late summer and early fall.

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are a solitary wasp species that construct their nests out of mud. They are black and yellow with a long and slender body. Unlike other wasp species, mud daubers are not aggressive and rarely sting humans.

Bald-faced Hornets

Bald-faced hornets are another aggressive wasp species that can be found in Oklahoma. They have white and black markings, and their nests are typically round and made of paper. Bald-faced hornets are highly territorial and will defend their nests if they feel threatened.

Honey Bees

While honey bees are not technically a wasp species, they are often confused with yellow jackets due to their similar coloring. Honey bees are important pollinators and are typically not aggressive unless their hive is threatened. If you find a cluster of honey bees in your yard, consider contacting a local beekeeper to safely remove them.

In conclusion, understanding the different wasp species in Oklahoma can help you better identify them and avoid any potential dangers. Remember to always keep a safe distance from wasp nests and contact a professional pest control company if necessary. Stay safe and happy exploring your backyard!