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Wasps: Unwanted Buzzing Guests in East Texas

Wasps are prevalent throughout East Texas, and their presence can be bothersome, especially during outdoor activities. While some wasp species are beneficial predators, others can sting, causing pain and irritation.

Identifying Wasps

Wasps closely resemble bees but have key differences. Wasps have a narrower waist, while bees have hairy bodies. Additionally, unlike bees, most wasp species lack stingers with barbs, allowing them to sting repeatedly.

Common East Texas Wasps:

Several wasp species are common in East Texas backyards and patios:

 * Yellow jackets:  These social wasps are known for their aggressive behavior, especially around sugary drinks and food.

 * Paper wasps:  These social wasps construct papery nests and are less aggressive than yellow jackets, but will sting if threatened.

 * Mud daubers: Solitary wasps that build mud nests and prey on spiders and other insects.

The Dangers of Wasps

While most wasp stings are harmless beyond the initial pain and irritation, some people can experience allergic reactions. If you experience difficulty breathing, dizziness, or swelling after a wasp sting, seek immediate medical attention.

How to Reduce Wasp Activity Around Your Home:

Here are some tips to deter wasps from your East Texas property:

If you’re struggling with a wasp infestation or have concerns about wasp stings, contact a APS Pest and Termite Extermination Company at (903)752-2268

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