Tag: wasp

Paper Wasp Threats

While not an aggressive species by nature, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. It’s unusual for an impregnated paper wasp to sting, but it can happen. By:... more
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Signs of a Wasp Infestation

Paper wasps often build nests in residential yards, so one of the main signs of an infestation is the physical sighting of the nest itself and nearby wasps moving around the nest. The best way to prevent a paper wasp infestation and the potential of getting stung is to make the home less... more
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Wasp are one of the most successful predators on Earth

Wasps may not be as big as lions or bears, but these insects are among the most successful predators on Earth! Different wasps species have different ways of preying on other animals. Some wasps, called parasitoids, lay their eggs in the bodies of live insects (hosts). As the larva grows, it feeds... more
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Paper Wasp Habits

Paper wasps eat nectar and other insects including caterpillars and flies. In the autumn, future queens will seek places to spend the winter and may find their way indoors. Then, in the springtime, they will emerge to build their umbrella-shaped nests that look as though they are made of paper.... more
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What is a Paper Wasp

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material out of which they make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests. Paper wasps are a group of several species of vespid wasp. These stinging insects are semi-social... more
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Wasps Thrive in Late Summer and Autumn

Wasps are Back by (Un)Popular Demand For some, the end of summer may mean the end of flip-flops and lazy days by the pool, but it certainly does not signal the end of wasp season. In fact, at this point in the season, wasp populations are reaching their largest numbers, having had the entire... more
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Social Hornets and Yellow Jackets

Hornets and yellow jackets are social wasps and can build nests with many members. Their nests may be placed in exposed areas or in burrows below ground. Yellow jackets and hornets can be very aggressive and, unlike bees, they can sting repeatedly. If threatened, they can also release an alarm... more
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Wasp and hornet stings

Wasp and hornet stings are a serious threat to public health. Allergic reactions to these venomous insects account for about 225,000 emergency room visits and as many as 100 deaths per year in the U.S. (a mortality rate that may be under-reported due to deaths mistakenly attributed to heart attacks... more
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Handling a bee or wasp sting

Some bees leave stingers, and others don't. The first step is to remove any stinger that may be left in the skin as its continuing to pump venom. Next, follow these steps. Use soap and water to wash the affected bee or wasp sting area. Much of the bee or wasp venom is sitting on the... more
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How to Destroy a Wasp’s Nest

Wasps are part of nature’s design and their nests, as a general rule, should be left undisturbed. Wasps are usually non-aggressive and don’t pose a serious threat to humans. However, if a wasp nest is located too close to the home or in a location that is in conflict with human activity,... more
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