Wasp Control & Prevention
Wasps are a real scare to most people. With their tendency to set up nests near homes, these pests often fly around doors and other entryways invading your space and peace of mind. Wasps can cause intense panic among those afraid of their stings. However, what you may not know is that, there are different species of wasps and in fact, some varieties of wasps don’t even sting! Ironically, some wasps are essential predators that feed on other insects like house flies and garden pests. Therefore, it is important that you learn about the different species of wasps, their behaviors, and the best ways on how you can get rid of them in your home without getting stung.
Basic Information on Wasps
There are over 30,000 species of wasps, which are categorized as either solitary or social. The solitary wasps make up the majority of all wasp species, and they are known to live and survive alone. Examples include the hunting wasps and parasitic wasps. Social wasps in contrast, live together in colonies. As for social wasps, there are only about 1000 species, but social wasps are the type of wasps most people know and interact with. Examples include the yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets.
Wasps have four development stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. During the winter, the queen wasps often hibernate, only to reappear in the spring to form new colonies. A fertilized queen lays eggs in a continuous reproduction process that brings forth adult female workers. Consequently, the adult female workers take control of protecting the colony and finding food, as the queen lays other eggs. By the end of the summer, the colony will have thousands of wasps. Before the winter sets in again, males are produced to mate, and then the colony dies off.
All wasps live in nests, although their nesting preferences vary. Yellow jacket wasps and hornets prefer to live in meadows, woodlands, orchards, playgrounds, and urban settings. The nests are built on trees, or man-made structures such as house walls, overhangs, decks, and porch, among others.