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Wasps are found all over North America. These winged insects come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as there are over 100,000 species. They can range in color from black to metallic blues, greens, and yellows.
Wasps vary in their characteristics depending upon which species you are talking about. Paper wasps are relatively passive and keep to themselves unless bothered. Yellow jackets will often attack humans if we get too close. Hornets, the most aggressive, will often attack people for no reason at all- and they do so en masse.
These creatures can be annoying and frightening to homeowners (and rightfully so). Here's a look at some common questions related to wasps!
WHAT ATTRACTS WASPS?
Wasps are often found on the exterior of homes such as gutters and the corners of porches. Flowers, plants, and gardens will also attract them to yards. Food crumbs, garbage cans, and spilled drinks that are not cleaned up will also make wasps come around.
WHAT ABOUT THEIR NESTS?
Nests can be found in many different places. Some are found high in trees, others on the side of houses, and even in the ground. Their nests are made from paper like materials of chewed wood particles and their own saliva. Contrary to popular belief, wasps use their nests for one year because they have an annual life cycle.
ARE WASPS A CAUSE FOR WORRY?
Yes, take it from us: wasps are dangerous. Wasps sting to defend themselves, their nest, and their colonies. Their stings are painful but usually are not life threatening. However, if someone has allergies to wasp venom, the bite can cause medical complications. If you or someone you know is ever stung by a wasp, seek medical advice and attention.