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Wasp and Bee Extermination Knoxville, TN

If you are one of the numerous people who are allergic to stings from insects such as wasps, hornets and bees,  stings from these insects are not only painful but can be life threatening.  

At Epituer we also understand that many of these insects are important pollinators such as honey bees and other solitary bees that we need to protect.

Epituer wants to find the correct solution for your need whether it may be getting you in touch with a beekeeper to remove a swarm of honey bees or for Epituer to remove a wasp nest over your door.

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Types of Wasps

Paper Wasps

There are many different species of paper wasps including species that range from brown with yellow markings to red in Knoxville, TN.  During the winter most paper wasps die except the new queens that will overwinter in cracks and crevices around structures.

Paper wasp build paper-like nests shaped like an umbrella in protected areas such as attics, shrubs, porch ceilings, soffits, underneath decks to name a few.


Yellowjackets are a common wasp found in the Knoxville, TN area in the summer and fall.   Adults feed on nectar to sugary drinks, while larva feed on protein such as insects brought back by adults.   These wasps tend to be very aggressive when their nest is approached which can be located in the ground, eaves, or in trees.

Baldfaced Hornets

Baldfaced hornets found in the Knoxville, TN area are not considered to be true hornets, but are instead yellowjackets.   These wasps have white markings on their face and abdomen.   They will build a football shaped nest in trees and occasionally on buildings.  The queens will overwinter in attics, walls and hollow trees.

European Hornets

European hornets are an introduced species of true hornets found in the Knoxville, TN area.  The adults have yellow and brown coloration.  Their nests are normally located in hollow trees or walls.   The queens will overwinter in tree cavities and wall voids.  This species will aggressively defend their nests and caution should be taken.   

Mud Daubers

Mud daubers are solitary wasps that build their nest out of mud in the Knoxville, TN area.  Their nests can be found under decks and ceilings on porches.  These wasp can sting if mishandled but are not aggressive at defending their nest.

Cicada Killer

Cicada killers are solitary wasps that are found in Knoxville, TN during the summer months.   These wasp paralyze cicadas that will be food for the larva.  They will be found digging in soil that is well-drained, light-textured and in full sunlight.  These wasps are not aggressive, but if the female is mishandled can provide a painful sting.

Red Velvet Ant

Red velvet ants are also called 'cow killers' in the Knoxville, TN area.   They are actually solitary wasps, not ants.   The adults feed on nectar and water.   The immatures are parasites of ground nesting bees and wasps.  No chemical control is recommended for velvet ants, but if they are frequently seen in an area, it is best to work to control ground nesting bees.  They are not aggressive, but females can deliver a painful sting if mishandled.

Wasp and Bee Solutions

If you are having issues with wasps or bees give Epituer Pest Solutions, LLC a call today.    To learn more about services offered for bees and wasps click here.

Contact Our Office at 865-363-1155 or Email Us. 

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