How Dangerous Are The Wasps In Maryland?


People have a huge range of emotions related to stinging insects, especially here in Maryland. Some people hate them. Others like to see the pollinators in action (a safe distance away, of course). Most people don’t even notice them at all. But when the summer season comes calling and wasp populations start to rise, there will be a whole lot of people who share the same sentiment: don’t let them get too close! 

a mud dauber wasp

Types Of Wasps

Wasps are one of the more aggressive types of stinging insects, especially when compared to their not-so-distant cousins the honeybee or the carpenter bee. Yellow and black stripes, large compound eyes, and sharply tilted black wings are just a few of the identifiable characteristics of this stinging insect subclass.

Dozens of unique wasp species exist within the subclass, some of which you may be very familiar with such as:

  • European Hornets: Some of the largest wasp species found in North America today.
  • Cicada Killers: Large wasps that are often more interested in other insects than human prey.
  • Mud Daubers: Stinging insects that build thin mud tubes underneath roadways, bridges, and roof eaves.

The most common type of wasp you’ll find around Maryland will likely look similar to the yellowjacket. These pests are much smaller than their other family members and measure in at 0.5 an inch long. Some larger queens can range up to 0.75 of an inch. Yellowjackets have similar wing structures and color patterns to other wasp members but tend to build their nests underground and away from heavy foot traffic.

Wasps may be territorial and aggressive members of the animal kingdom, but these fierce fighters have an important role to play in the grand scheme of things. Tasked with the important job of pollination, pollen transportation, and pest species elimination, wasps keep Maryland gardens healthy and blooming all season long. However, they are still perfectly capable of posing serious threats to people and their beloved pets.

Wasps are not inhibited in their stinging like bees are, and will attack multiple times when threatened. Stings will cause raised welts that are extremely painful for several days. Those with wasp allergies may experience severe reaction symptoms and require medical supervision or treatment to recover.

I Know Wasps Are Dangerous – Now What Do I Do About It?

Keeping wasps out of your Maryland yard is about as difficult as it is to bake a pie upside down. The short answer? You can't keep them all out. However, you may still be able to discourage the pests from colonizing your lawn during their active season. Here are some ways to keep wasps from establishing themselves on your property.:

  • Trim hedges regularly. Do not allow tree branches to grow close to the sides of the yard.
  • Only water your plants and potted vegetation as much as needed. Overwatering can quickly lead to pest infestations.
  • Don’t plant too many heavily flowering plants in the yard. This will attract pollinators like wasps and hornets.
  • Do not remove wasp nests from the property, whether or not you believe them to be active.

Please bear in mind that keeping wasps out of the yard is only a precautionary measure against infestations or nest construction. There is a high likelihood that these tips will not work following a severe or repeat wasp infestation. If you are concerned that you may need professional help, book a complimentary home appointment for answers.

Capitol Pest Gives You an Executive Order For Wasp Prevention

No matter how big or small, wasps will pack quite a punch on your home. Restore yourself to a semblance of normalcy by reaching out to Capitol Pest for help. For 80 years we have offered residential and commercial pest control solutions with customizable plans available. Call us today at Capitol Pest for a free initial inspection. 


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