Wasps

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Vespidae
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0.5" - 1"

Incredibly diverse with tens of thousands of different species across the globe, wasps are incredible predators in the insect kingdom with the capbility to create all-powerful colonies.

Threat Level
5
Nuisance Score
8

Characteristics

Wasps, the seemingly louder and far more terrifying relative of bees, are quite an interesting species of insects. Most commonly, they are about 1 to 1.5 inches long and bear a striking yellow and black striped body, this coloration is often to signal to others that they are dangerous and pack a punch. 

They are social insects, living in colonies comprising a queen, workers, and drones. In this social structure, the queen takes on the responsibility of laying eggs, workers nurture the young, and drones perform the critical task of mating with the queen.

The largest of the wasps is the Asian Giant Hornet native to Japan, Korea, and other parts of Asia which can grow to be as large as 2 inches!

Biology

Known to be predatory creatures, wasps have a diverse diet including insects such as caterpillars, spiders, and flies. But they are not strictly carnivorous and will scavenge fruits, vegetables, and sweets too. 

Wasps contribute significantly to our ecosystem as pollinators and pest controllers. However, it's worth noting that they can also pose a nuisance to homeowners and even a health risk for those that are allergic to their bites/stings.

Habitat

Wasps exhibit an impressive range in their choice of habitats which span forests, meadows, and suburban backyards. You're most likely to spot them in locales abundant with flowers, trees, and shrubs, their favorite sources of nectar and places to nest.

In general, wasps will build their nests wherever they feel like there is easy access to food and shelter, which can make for some unexpected spots here and there.

Human Interaction

Unfortunately, human-wasp interactions can often be unpleasant, even hazardous. Wasps are capable of inflicting multiple stings, each just as painful as the last. For those unfortunate enough to have a venom allergy, a wasp sting can even be fatal without proper medication handy. It is therefore crucial to take preventive measures, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers in areas they frequent, using insect repellent, and steering clear of their nests.

If you do need to address a wasp nest it is highly recommended that you consult a pest control professional to avoid risk of injury.

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Pest Control

Pest control companies treat wasps with insecticide sprays, traps, and fumigation. The best method depends on the size of the infestation and the type of wasp. For small infestations, traps may be sufficient. 

However, for larger infestations or nests that are difficult to reach, professional pest control is recommended. Wasps will attempt to defend their nests and can be dangerous, so it is important to take precautions when attempting to remove them yourself.

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