1. Paper Wasps in Winter

    Wasps and yellow jackets in Austin have been active much later in the season than usual. Typically as the weather cools the queen wasp will overwinter in a protected area, and the remaining colony perishes. This year, perhaps due to a warmer September and October, we have seen many calls for wasps and yellow jackets even into early December. The good news is the recent cold snap may be enough to g…Read More

  2. Wasps and Hornets

    Wasps and hornets seem to be particularly bad this year, meaning they are showing up in places people don't want them, like right near a front door or garage! Despite that "too close for comfort" sensation, most wasps and hornets are not a danger to people. In fact, they are predators of spiders, so they can help reduce those around your home. (Side note: a lot of spiders around your home means yo…Read More

  3. Murder Hornets – 2020 Strikes Again

    Because 2020 wasn't bizarre and frightening enough, we needed a freakish insect to appear and gain notoriety, and for this insect to be dubbed by the media as the "Murder Hornet." Just in time for the resurgence of drive-in movies. Now showing at the late-night Halloween fright fest: "Attack of the Giant Murder Hornets!" starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Jokes aside, in an attempt to provide a few facts …Read More

  4. Handling Wasps

    Wasps are considered to be beneficial insects by some people, especially gardeners. This is because they eat a variety of pests, especially caterpillars and are pollinators. However, when they build their honeycomb type nest on homes or other areas frequented by people they can be trouble. Early in the spring you can keep the wasps from nesting on your home by swatting the nests down with a broom …Read More


    Paper wasps are usually viewed as pests, but they are actually considered a beneficial insect. They feed mostly on caterpillars that can be garden pests as well as flies and beetle larvae. These wasps are typically brown/yellow or red with black wings. They make a nest that has honeycomb shaped cells, typically visible along the roofline and other areas that protect them from rain. If the nest is …Read More