Understanding Wasps in the Coachella Valley

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Have you seen wasps in or around your Coachella Valley home? Wasps can become aggressive and sting multiple times if their home is threatened. It’s important to have a professional pest control company evaluate the situation and determine whether the wasp nest is far enough away to leave alone, or whether it should be removed.

The experts at Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control are licensed Coachella Valley wasp exterminators. Contact us today for quick and safe wasp nest removal.

Physical description

Wasps usually have smooth and shiny skin, two sets of wings, and a “pinched” waist. Depending on the species, they may be black, yellow, blue, or green in color. The two types of wasp you might encounter in the Coachella Valley are solitary wasps (including paper wasps and mud daubers), and social wasps (including yellow jackets and hornets). Solitary wasps use their sting and venom to hunt for food, while social wasps create colonies and sting in self-defence.


Wasps build nests out of wood pulp mixed with their saliva. Wasps can enter a home in through its siding and settle in electrical boxes, attics, crawl spaces, chimney vents, and other small spaces. They can also build nests in or around a tree. 

How can you tell if you have a wasp infestation? If you see wasp nests in the corners of your home or garage, or see swarms congregating near your roof, keep family and pets away from the area.

Life cycle

The life cycle of a wasp begins in the spring. When a queen comes out of winter hibernation, it builds the foundation of a new nest to lay eggs in, which can be done 200-300 times per day. When the eggs hatch into larvae, they feed on protein and bugs. The larvae cover themselves with a silk covering and then become adults. By the summer, the wasp colony is full, and can contain thousands of wasps. At the end of summer, the queen wasp will find new mates to create new queens. Because there are no new larvae to feed, this is when drones can become more aggressive.

A queen wasp lives for about a year, while worker wasps live from about 12-24 days. The queen wasps are the only members of the colony that survive into the next spring.

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Interaction with humans

Wasps can sting multiple times and become aggressive if their nest is threatened. Allergic reactions to wasp stings may occur in humans and pets, which may need medical attention.

Potential dangers or risks

Dealing with wasps nesting in the siding of your house or in a tree near your property must be done with caution. Wasps that make their way indoors can damage wood, walls, and ceilings. Wasps become aggressive if their nest is threatened, and removing the nest does not necessarily clear the infestation. This must be done by professionals who are trained and can ensure that lingering wasps do not remain on your property. In addition, solitary wasps perform a service to our ecosystem, and a professional will remove them humanely.

Wasp stings can be life-threatening, so it’s important to call a Coachella Valley exterminator right away.