Understanding Yellow Wasps in Texas: What Homeowners Should Know

Posted by Matthew Rathbone on March 27, 2023 · 3 mins read

If you’re a homeowner in Texas, chances are you’ve come across a yellow wasp or two buzzing around your backyard. These stinging insects can be quite intimidating, especially if you don’t know much about them. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about yellow wasps in Texas, including how to identify them and what to do if they become a problem.

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Yellow Wasps: The Basics

Yellow wasps are a type of social wasp, which means they live in large colonies with a queen and many worker wasps. They’re typically bright yellow or orange in color, with black stripes on their bodies. Yellow wasps are often mistaken for bees because of their similar coloring, but they have a much slimmer body with a defined waistline.


To identify a yellow wasp, look for the following characteristics:

  • Bright yellow or orange body
  • Black stripes on the abdomen
  • Slender, defined waist
  • Two pairs of wings

Yellow wasps are larger than most bees, measuring up to an inch long, and they have longer legs that dangle when they fly.


Yellow wasps are more aggressive than bees, and they’ll sting if they feel threatened. Unlike honeybees, which can only sting once before they die, yellow wasps can sting multiple times. This means that if you disturb a yellow wasp nest, you could be in for a world of pain.

Yellow wasps are also territorial, which means they may attack if you get too close to their nests. If you notice yellow wasps flying in and out of a hole in the ground or a crevice in your home’s exterior, it’s likely that there’s a nest nearby.

Dealing with Yellow Wasps

If you have yellow wasps in your backyard, there are a few things you can do to ensure your safety:

  • Keep your distance: If you see yellow wasps buzzing around, try to stay away from them. Don’t swat at them or disturb their nest.
  • Cover up: If you’re going to be spending time outside, wear long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from stings.
  • Remove attractants: Yellow wasps are attracted to sweet smells, so be sure to clean up any spilled soda or juice. They’re also drawn to meat, so keep your garbage cans sealed tightly.
  • Call a professional: If you have a yellow wasp nest on your property, it’s best to call a pest control professional to remove it. Trying to remove the nest on your own could result in serious injury.


Yellow wasps can be intimidating, but with a little knowledge and preparation, you can keep yourself and your family safe from their stings. Remember to stay away from their nests, cover up when you’re outside, and remove any attractants from your yard. And if you have a yellow wasp nest that needs to be removed, don’t hesitate to call a professional. With these tips, you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about these pesky insects.