All About Wasps and Bees in St. Louis

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on February 23, 2023 · 3 mins read

As a homeowner in St. Louis, you may have noticed an increase in the number of wasps buzzing around your yard during the warmer months. While wasps can be intimidating, it’s important to understand these creatures and their role in our ecosystem. In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of wasps and bees you might see in your backyard in St. Louis.

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.

Types of Wasps


Yellowjackets are among the most common types of wasps that homeowners encounter. These aggressive insects are known for their bright yellow and black striped bodies and live in nests underground or in cavities, like hollow logs or trees. Yellowjackets are attracted to sweet foods and meats and can become aggressive if they feel threatened. Be sure to keep food covered and avoid swatting at them if they come near you.

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are often mistaken for yellowjackets because of their yellow and black markings. However, paper wasps have slender bodies and long legs, while yellowjackets have stouter bodies and shorter legs. Paper wasps build their nests out of paper-like material made from chewed-up wood pulp and saliva. They hang their nests from eaves, tree branches, and other structures. Paper wasps are generally not as aggressive as yellowjackets but will defend their nest if they feel threatened.

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are solitary wasps that build their nests out of mud. They are typically black or metallic blue and have a thin, thread-like waist. Mud daubers are not aggressive and rarely sting, but they can be a nuisance if they build their nests in areas where people frequent, like doorways or windows.

Types of Bees

Honey Bees

Honey bees are essential pollinators that play an important role in our ecosystem. They are recognizable by their fuzzy bodies and black and yellow stripes. Honey bees live in hives and produce honey, which is used as food for the colony. If you see a swarm of bees in your yard, do not disturb them. Contact a local beekeeper or pest control professional to safely remove them.

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees are larger than honey bees and have a fuzzy body that is mostly black with some yellow markings. They live in small colonies and are also important pollinators. Bumble bees are not as aggressive as honey bees and will only sting if provoked.


While wasps and bees can be intimidating, they play an important role in our ecosystem. By learning more about these creatures and how to coexist with them, you can create a safer and more harmonious environment in your backyard. Remember to stay calm if you encounter a wasp or bee and avoid swatting at them. If you notice a large number of wasps or bees in your yard, consider contacting a pest control professional to safely remove them.