Effective Wasp Nest Removal For Your Home

Often, insects and bugs get a fearsome reputation purely for the fact that they’re annoying or creepy looking, such as the common house spider or fly- and often the reputation they earn is unfairly bad.

When it comes to wasps, however, it’s another story; if you graze a wasp (or even just look at it a bit funny) you’re likely to be in for a stinging, since wasps have an unlimited supply of stings with which to attack its victims, over and over again if the mood takes them. So, if you have a wasp or hornet nest in your garden, porch, or even in your home, you’re right to be concerned about it- especially if you have children or pets –and you should consider hiring the Lee’s Summit pest control professionals to carry out wasp nest removal, depending on the species.

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What Is The Difference Between A Hornet & A Wasp?

There are a number of significant differences between the hornet and the wasp, but the most obvious difference- which you can use to distinguish between the two -is that the hornet is significantly larger. While wasps in Kansas range in length from a few centimeters to an inch, the body of a hornet is usually between an inch and two inches long. Considering this, it might not come as a surprise that the hornet’s sting can be significantly more painful than a sting from a wasp.

While this might suggest that you should be warier of hornets’ nests, this definitely isn’t the case. Hornets tend to keep to themselves and only become dangerous if provoked; certain species of wasps, on the other hand (in keeping with their bad reputation), are more aggressive in nature and are more likely to attack, provoked or not.

Effective Wasp Control In Lee’s Summit

Nobody likes wasps. They are pesky, aggressive, and just downright scary. Mantis Pest Solutions knows how to get rid of wasps. When we arrive at the scene, we inspect your property and determine the most effective approach. Then we implement our wasp control plan, which will get rid of the wasp’s food source, exterminate them, and make sure they don’t come back around.

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What Types Of Wasps Are You Likely To Find In Kansas & Where Do They Nest?

The most common types of wasps and hornets in Kansas include different variants of the Yellowjacket wasp, Paper wasp, Mud dauber wasp, the European hornet, Baldfaced hornet, and the Cicada killer wasp.

Yellowjacket wasps: Yellowjacket wasps are probably the species you think of when someone says ‘wasp’ and are among the most common species of stinging insect. They are usually about half an inch long, and have a largely yellow body, with black markings. Since this type of wasp is a scavenger, they are attracted to areas that contain waste, particularly food waste and sugary drink cans. Yellowjackets typically build their nests underground, rather than suspended in the air like many other wasp and hornet species.

Paper wasps: The different types of paper wasps in Kansas range from about 0.7 inches to 1 inch long, and are distinguished by their long legs and beige, maroon, and black body. This type of wasp builds its nest from the eaves of buildings or in other semi-sheltered spaces, such as barns or stables. Unlike the yellowjacket wasp, this species isn’t aggressive by nature, and unless the nest is a major inconvenience, it’s recommended that you leave them to it.

Mud dauber wasps: Mud dauber wasps vary the most in length of the species listed here, ranging from 0.5 to 1.25 inches long. They can be recognized by their comparatively slim frame, and most of their body is black compared to the other species of wasp and hornets in Kansas listed here. While this type of wasp is not typically aggressive, it’s often necessary to employ pest control to remove their nests, since they build nests made out of mud (which often starts to smell) in protected, sheltered areas, meaning that these nests are often built near human residencies.

European hornets: The European hornet is roughly 1.2 inches in length, and typically has a thicker body than the other wasps in Kansas; its body is black and red, with yellow hindquarters. It nests in logs, hollow trees, or in buildings, and they cover their nests with wood fibers. Though fearsome looking, this hornet isn’t typically aggressive, and it’s therefore recommended that they be left alone unless their nesting activity is causing a problem.

Baldfaced hornets: Arguably the easiest wasp or hornet to identify in Kansas, the Baldfaced hornet is uniquely black and white. Its nest is also easily distinguishable, as its form is distinctly pear-shaped and hangs from the eaves of a building, or from the branch of a tree. Similarly, it’s best to leave these stinging insects alone unless they are close enough to human activity to be a hazard since they aren’t overly aggressive.

Cicada killer wasps: The largest species of wasp in Kansas, Cicada killer wasps range from 1.5 inches to a whopping 2 inches long, and have brown and black bodies. Despite their intimidating size, cicada killers (perhaps surprisingly) aren’t aggressive as a species and are only likely to sting if they are grabbed, or squashed against your skin. They build their nests underground and unfortunately create a muddy mess when doing so, which is why pest control is often called to deal with this species. However, they are actually quite a beneficial insect, since they help to control the cicada population, so wasp control and wasp nest removal aren’t recommended.

What Should You Do If You Have A Wasp Problem Or Need Wasp Nest Removal?

If you know of a wasp infestation near your house or garden, and you think the wasp might be an aggressive species, or maybe the wasps’ or hornets’ nest is in a really inconvenient or hazardous location, then calling out pest control to deal with the problem is the best port of call, especially considering the potential danger of carrying out wasp nest removal yourself.

At Mantis Pest Solutions, we carry out hornet and wasp control in Overland Park, Kansas, and we are proficient at dealing with all stinging insect-related issues. We carry out wasp nest removal and relocation, and we can also carry out spray treatments to ensure that your wasp and hornet problems are neutralized.

Hornets and wasps in Kansas are sure to be quaking with fear, thanks to Mantis Pest Solutions’ wasp nest removal services and neutralization techniques. If you want to get rid of your own wasp and hornet problems, call us today and if you’ve already been stung by the little critters, check out our page on how to deal with wasp and bee stings.

What Mantis Pest Solutions Customers Are Saying

Very Thorough!

Jake was very thorough with my most recent application and his explanation of services and recommendations. Thank you!

Karen L. / Overland Park, KS


Jason was very informative and polite. He took the time to tell me his treatment process and made sure I understood what steps they were taking to prevent bugs from entering my home. This is a great local company and I look forward to continuing to use their services.

Alex W. / Lee's Summit, MO


Jake's work was efficient and  he got the job done quickly. Presented himself in a very professional manner.

Tricia S. / Lee's Summit, MO


Jake has always been courteous and respectful. He is quite knowledgeable. I will continue to use this service and recommend it to others.

Nan N. / Overland Park, KS


Derek was awesome. He called about 30 minutes before the predetermined appointment time. He was right on time. He was very helpful; very professional. He asked of my concerns. After our discussion, he got to work. He left no stone unturned; very thorough inside and out. He wasn't going to leave until he knew I was satisfied. Great experience and great customer service. Thanks Derek!

Steve G. / Lee's Summit, MO


I have been using their service for a little over a year and it’s been great. They’re very professional and the technician’s do a thorough job.

Phillip D. / Overland Park, KS

Super Helpful!

Used Mantis for a little over a year now, and have always had the same service individual (Jake) for each visit who is always super helpful, professional, and quick to assist with out of band service requests and/or questions.

Carol H. / Lee's Summit, MO

Great Quality!

Mantis is great quality at a reasonable prices. I've used them for about a year and my insect issues are non-existent. Scheduling is a breeze and they come when they say they will come. Never been an issue having a technician come out between regular service intervals as well. Derek was super polite, professional and punctual. In addition to him taking care of the wasps nests, he even applied a granular barrier in the event rain washed out the spray application. Overall, a highly satisfied customer!

Paul K. / Lee's Summit, MO

Fantastic Job!

Jason did a fantastic job. Called to say he was able to come earlier in the day if it worked out for us. He explained everything that he was doing and the expected outcome of the service. Professional and easy to talk with.

Shawn V. / Lee's Summit, MO

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