Wasps – What to Expect if You have a Wasp Problem
Wasps are known for their yellow and brown coloration. In fact, they come in many colors including black, red, and metallic blue.
If you see a flying bee-like insect that is hairless with large jaws and a slender waist, it’s probably some form of wasp species.
Wasps have a smooth and sleek appearance. In addition to multifaceted eyes, they have triangular eyes on the top of their head.
They have large mandibles for chewing which gives them a powerful bite. Between their thorax and abdomen, they have a thin waist. All wasps have two sets of wings; the front is larger than the rear.
Wasps are much more aggressive than bees. They attack when they sense a threat to themselves, their food, or their nest.
Their sting is painful, causing swelling and redness. A wasp sting can be dangerous and possibly life-threatening to those who suffer a toxic reaction. Seek professional medical assistance whenever a person is stung.
Wasps do not lose their stinger and can sting multiple times. Only females sting, but males deliver a ferocious bite.
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Wasps sometimes build nests in the ground, making them hazardous and hard to notice. If you step on one, you may be chased and attacked by hundreds more occupying that nest.
They also build aerial nests from fibrous materials such as wood and vegetation and will chew these materials until they are broken down into a paper-like pulp.
The Life Cycle
There are many different species of wasp, each of varying life cycles.
But generally, adults feed on nectar and other insects. While not the pollinators that bees are, they are responsible for the pollination of some plants. Most pollinating wasps carry pollen internally, not on their body as bees do.
The life cycle typically begins with a fertile queen. She mates with a male in the fall and stores the sperm for use in fertilizing her eggs until she runs out in late summer or early the next fall.
The queen builds a small nest and lays eggs. During the larvae and pupae stages, they feed on insects provided by the queen.
Born into the colony as female workers, the new wasps continue building the nest and help provide food to the next generation of young that the queen has hatched. Males leave the nest to mate with a queen of another nest.
While wasp workers die off over the winter, queens hibernate and begin the life cycle over again in spring.
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