What do digger wasps look like? We found a wasp coming out of a hole in the ground next to our garage. It has a black head, red/orange body with a black tip and orange legs and is quite large.
What you’re describing sounds like a “golden wasp” which will generally dig nests in the ground. Golden wasps, along with hundreds of other related species are all referred to as “digger wasps”.
In fact we have hundreds of digger wasp species here in the U.S. and they range in color, size and shape. Some are solitary and some are communal.
So in some yards, you may only get single nests spaced 10-20 feet apart. But in most situations, once they start to nest, their density will increase significantly year after year with nests eventually spaced just inches apart. And in bad cases, you can easily have thousands of nests spread around the yard.
The good news is they’re easy to control. So if you get to the point of not wanting them around, read our DIGGER WASP article for details on how to control the problem and keep them off your land.
Digger Wasps: https://bugspray.com/articles99/diggerwasps
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