Wasps are active winged insects with visible body hair and have a slim waist and a stinger. It constructs its paper-like nest with wood pulp chewed from wood fibers and raises its young by feeding them insects. Yellow jacket nests are built below the ground and hornet nests are above ground. One or more wasp nests are made either inside or close openings that lead inside a home. For instance, a nest could be located near a window with a damaged screen or a door that is left open to the outdoors.
Wasps will sting, releasing venom, to protect themselves and their homes. After stinging something or someone, wasps can take back their stingers after transmitting the venom without harming themselves...a big opposite to bees, who die after using their stinger. This is due to a wasp’s ability to sting several times.
Workers’ lifespan is generally 12-22 days while drones live slightly longer. Fertile females, including the Queen, can live for 12 months. The most common pest wasp species are yellow jackets, paper wasps, red wasps, mud daubers, and ground wasps. Yellow jackets hunt foods people eat, favoring sweets and meats. While older wasps savor sweet treats like flower nectar and ripe fruit juice, they do scavenge a variety of insects, even dead ones, to feed to their larvae. Paper wasps -are about 1.9 to 3.2 cm in length and look like yellow jackets because they are commonly dark brown, with black wings and yellow markings. Mud dauber have bright yellow and dark black coloring bodies, sometimes metallic-blue, with threadlike waists and measure about 1 inch. They frequent garages, attic spaces or areas beneath roofs or eaves. Red wasps are one inch long, red with dark, purplish-black colored wings. Stereotypically found throughout the central and eastern parts of America. It's nest normally holds more than 800 individuals. With Ground wasps, aka cicada killers, looks are deceiving. Although immense, they are passive-aggressive. It has a rust-colored head with alternating yellow and black stripes on its stomach.