Types of Wasps

Croach - Kirkland, WA - Wasp Pest Control Myth vs TruthMany wasps are not native to North America but have found their way here as invasive species.

Wasps are beneficial in the ecosystem but can be dangerous pests to people.

They commonly nest on manmade structures such as roof eaves, sheds, and decks or off the ground in bushes or trees.

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Paper Wasps

The paper wasp is a social species that builds a large umbrella nest that appears to be made of paper. Unlike hornets and bald-faced hornets, it is open on the bottom, and you can see the combs from below.

Paper wasps look similar to yellow jackets. They damage plants and homes to build their nest and will defend their territory.

Twenty-two species of Polistes paper wasps have been identified in North America.

The Paper Wasp Tribe Includes:

  • Western Paper Wasp
  • Red Paper Wasp
  • European Paper Wasp

Mud Wasps

Mud wasps are named for their nests.

Types of Wasps of this Species Include:

Mud Daubers – Up to an inch in length they have thinner than usual, needlelike, waists. They are black with yellow marks and orange wings. They build small mud nests, feed primarily on spiders, are solitary, and one of the least aggressive wasp species.

Potter Wasps – Black with yellow stripes, they build small pot-style nests in branches and eaves.

Pollen Wasps – Often mistaken for yellow jackets, these solitary wasps build nests in the ground. They are great pollinators but will sting to protect their nest.

Cuckoo Wasps

Brightly colored parasitic wasps, they prey on other types of wasps, laying eggs in their nests. Their larva then consumes the original inhabitant and their food.

Velvet Ants

Black with a fuzzy red stinger, the females of these solitary wasps are wingless. Also called cow killers, they have a painful sting, and some have been known to squeak at threats.

Digger Wasps

A large black wasp with white stripes and red marking, they are widespread. They dig nests in the ground, aerating the soil and acting as pollinators. They feed mostly on cicadas and have little fear of humans.

Great Black Wasp

A form of digger wasp, the black wasp is entirely black with smoky wings. They are large, reaching an inch and a half long. Their legs dangle in flight, in part because they sting a prey insect three times and then carry it to their nest where they lay an egg on it. The great black wasp has a sting that is painful, but unlike other wasps, does not swell.

Red Wasp

Red and orange wasps are known as red wasps. Their red-brown color gives them their name. They are a form of paper wasps that build huge nests. They will aggressively defend it if they feel threatened. Mahogany wasps, which are pollinators and caterpillar eaters, are often mistaken for the red wasp.

Spider Wasp

While different species have different coloration, most are metallic black-blue. They have long, spindly legs. They hunt spiders and lay their eggs on them. The spider survives until devoured by the larvae. As you might expect from a wasp that kills spiders, they have a painful, venomous sting, rated second highest of all insect stings.

Giant Wasp

When people say giant wasp, they may refer to a giant wood wasp (below), Asian giant hornets (which attack birds), or the recently discovered species of South American wasps with oddly shaped giant stingers. The latter two may be found in the US but are rare and call for immediate removal.

Wood Wasp

From the giant wood wasp to the Horntail, these wasp species lay eggs in rotting wood. Usually, this is decaying trees, but it can also be felled trees turned into lumber. Larvae take two to three years to develop before bursting free. They can damage new homes this way. They may also get inside in firewood. The giant wood wasp has found a home in Colorado as an invasive species. They are best eliminated and avoided.

Professional Wasp Control and Removal

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