How to Deal with Wasps in Your Lawn, Today — s Homeowner

How to Deal with Wasps in Your Lawn

For the past two years, my small lawn seems to be attracting wasps. They fly low, land on the grass, and then fly away. I’m worried about stepping on them, or stepping on a nest. Any suggestions? -Lynn

In general, wasps are beneficial predator insects in the garden, but sometimes they can be attracted to areas that are too close for human comfort. When wasps are in and around lawn grasses, it is usually due to one of three reasons:

They are preying on insects or larvae in the lawn soil. Digger wasps, for instance, often fly low over lawns in the mornings, looking for grubs and larvae. They are considered beneficial insects and generally can be left alone.

Here are some ways to reduce or deal with nuisance wasps in your lawn and garden:

    Keep trash cans covered.

There are many different types of wasps, and in order to address your problem it would be most helpful to identify what sort of wasp you have. For help identifying bees and wasps in your lawn and garden, check out What’s Buzzin’ in My Garden? at

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The photo you have of a wasp isn’t actually a wasp, it’s a mud dauber. They are generally harmless and eat spiders.

I have a wasp problem and they’re all in my grass in my backyard. I have something I bought from Wallmart that they stick to, if I take a picture of one of them would you be able to tell me what kind it is so I can figure out how to get rid of them?


I want to ask you to please don’t use sticky traps. While they may trap some wasps, they may also trap many beneficial insects, butterflies and even hummingbirds. Wasps but more especially bees, can be vital to a healthy neighborhood ecosystem.

My whole front and back yard is covered in digger wasp or whatever they are im scared I have 4 small.children that play out there what can I do to get them gone?

We have wasps flying low on our grass for the 1st time & have 2 Welsh Terriers. Will they hurt them or what do I do.

Hornets in our front lawn
What do we do.

Loads of wasps everyday in front lawn. what chemical can I get to spray lawn so they won’t return this year?

I have red wasps & yellow jackets flying low and landing in my yard. I have 4 very small Miniature Pinschers who have been stung multiple times and my 11 & 9 year old grandsons have been stung. My grass is extremely thick and stays wet even though the heat of the day. I thought that would be causing the problem, but, some of my yard clearly isn’t as dense and stays dry. I do know that I do have grub worms, I have seen them. Please help me.

Hi I just moved into my new home and am very upset there are red looking wasps all over my lawn yard ect . I have had people come spray my yard and it doesn’t seem to do much. I need to get rid of them for good I have a 9 month old and a 4 year old I feel like a prisoner in my home I am petrified to take my sons out to play in our yard . Please help! I have tried several home remedies and waspinator and NOTHINg,!

Hi i live in apartments and in front of are apartments we have a block size grass area .and every day for the last 2 years there have been so many wasp hanging out all over the grass area..what can i do .i am verey highly alergic to bees and verey afraid of getting stung buy one .but i have to take my dog out to potty..please tell me something i can do.

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Hi, Angie,
There are natural and homemade insecticides you could try, but since you’re living in an apartment, presumably renting, and the grass area you’re referring to is a common area, it would be better to address this concern with the landlord.
He or she can then take steps to make sure the area is wasp-free.
Good luck!

I have a very clean lawn but Yellow Jackets are hovering on the stop then stopping for a few seconds. The kids can not play on the lawn from June through October. What can i do for this terrible issue? I do have a dog .

How to Find Wasp Nests

Locate Wasp Nests

Are wasps bothering you around your home, deck and garden? You might suspect there is a wasp nest somewhere but how do you find it?

Locate Wasp Nests

Are wasps bothering you around your home, deck and garden? You might suspect there is a wasp nest somewhere but how do you find it?

If you think there is a wasp nest close by, perhaps because there are many wasps around your home or garden, here are some tips in finding the nest site so you can destroy the wasps and stay safe.

  • Identify the wasps — to see if they are either common, German or paper wasps and ensure they are not beneficial honey bees, bumblebees or hoverflies.
  • Watch the wasps — Wasps are not naturally aggressive so you can safely watch wasp activity from a few metres away. The wasps may be feeding at flowers, chewing on wooden fencing, a spill of sugary drink or other food. Once they have fed they will tend to fly in a straight line back to their nest.
  • Bait and watch — You can put out food/bait for the wasps such as cat food or tinned fish and they will scoop up a lump and carry it back to their nest. You may be able to follow the wasps carrying their load of bait.
  • Follow — After 5-10 minutes watching the wasps, you will get an idea of the direction of the nest. Follow the wasps and look for somewhere the wasps are funnelling into a hole. You may see wasps flying in the opposite direction out of the hole in search of food.
  • Paper wasps — paper wasps have open structure nests, often built under the eaves of houses. The hexagonal cells of the paper nest will be visible.
    Paper wasp nest
  • Stream of wasps? — Particularly on warm sunny days, a stream of wasps may be seen entering and leaving via the nest entrance. In New Zealand, the common and German wasps most often build a nest in a hollow in the ground. There will be a hole which the single entrance to the nest. The hole may be hidden in below vegetation but you may be able to identify it as the wasps will create a tunnel through the vegetation to the landing point on the ground at the entrance to the nest.
  • Common and German — The Common and German wasps in New Zealand are most likely to build their nests in a hollow in the ground. This is usually in a dry place that is protected from excessive heat and rain such as in a bank or under a tree stump.
    When common or German wasp nest in a house or structure it is usually inside the eaves or some other place hidden from view. However, there will be a small hole, perhaps at the join between soffit and wall where the wasps land and walk inside.
  • Common wasp nest in a roof void
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