While there are many species of wasps, the Red Wasp is more commonly recognized as such in North America. They have distinctive red bodies and dark, blackish wings. Though less aggressive than their relative, the Yellow Jacket, a Red Wasp is still able to deliver painful stings when they feel threatened. These insects prefer to live outdoors near trees and flowers and are most active during the daytime.
In addition to wasp sightings, signs of an infestation include buzzing sounds, chewed wood nests, and painful bites. When removing a nest, the earlier the better. A small nest-in-progress is easier to remove than a full nest. For safety, it’s also best to work at night when the Red Wasp is less active, establish an escape route, and enlist professional assistance.