What You Need to Know About Wasps in Your Grass

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on March 05, 2023 · 3 mins read

If you’re a homeowner who loves spending time in your backyard, you may have encountered wasps buzzing around your lawn. While wasps can be beneficial for pollination and controlling pest populations, they can also sting if provoked, causing painful and sometimes dangerous reactions. In this article, we’ll explore the different types of wasps you might find in your grass and provide tips on how to handle 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.

Common Types of Wasps in Grass

There are several types of wasps that are commonly found in grassy areas, including:

  • Yellow jackets: These aggressive wasps are yellow and black striped and often build their nests in underground burrows or cavities in trees and buildings.
  • Paper wasps: These slender, brown or black wasps build papery nests that are shaped like an upside-down umbrella and can be found hanging from eaves, branches, and other structures.
  • Mud daubers: These solitary wasps are black or metallic blue and build nests out of mud, often on walls or under eaves.
  • Hornets: These large wasps are brownish-red or black and white and typically build their nests in trees or shrubs.

Identifying Wasps in Your Grass

To identify the type of wasp you’ve spotted in your grass, look for physical characteristics such as color, size, and nesting habits. Yellow jackets are often the most aggressive and easiest to spot due to their bright yellow and black markings. Paper wasps are slimmer and have longer wings, while mud daubers are smaller and more metallic in appearance. Hornets are the largest and have distinct patterns of black and white stripes.

Preventing and Handling Encounters with Wasps

To prevent wasps from taking over your backyard, keep your lawn trimmed and free of debris, as this will discourage nesting. If you do encounter a wasp in your grass, remain calm and move slowly. Avoid swatting at the insect, as this can provoke it and cause it to sting. Instead, gently blow on the wasp or use a flat object to nudge it away.

If you have a wasp nest on your property, it’s best to call in a professional exterminator to remove it safely. Attempting to remove a nest yourself can be dangerous and may result in multiple stings. Additionally, if you or someone in your household is allergic to wasp stings, be sure to carry an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) and seek medical attention immediately if stung.


While wasps can be a nuisance in your backyard, they play an important role in maintaining the ecosystem. By learning to identify different types of wasps and taking steps to prevent encounters with them, you can coexist with these stinging insects without putting yourself in harm’s way.