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Because of their painful stings and tendency to be aggressive if they feel threatened, wasps make many people uneasy. Areas like the eaves, soffits, and gutters around the exterior of a home are Waspsome of the most popular spots for wasps to build nests. Much like with other black-and-yellow pests, flowers and plants attract wasps to yards, as do outdoor eating areas with crumbs or food scraps that are left out. Garbage cans that are left uncovered are also attractive to wasps that are in search of an easy meal.

Are Wasps a Serious Threat?

A wasp infestation around the home or on the property can make enjoying outdoor activities or doing yardwork difficult. Though they rarely act unprovoked, wasps may sting or become hostile if they feel threatened. Their stings are painful but rarely life-threatening to those without allergies to wasp venom.

Wasp Behavior

Wasps are categorized as either social or solitary. Social wasps live in large colonies which can number in the thousands. Solitary wasps on the other hand, live alone and have no colony. Solitary wasps lay eggs, but they are left to hatch on their own.

There are also wasps that are predatory, and ones that are parasitic. Predatory wasps kill and feed on other insects and animals that they feed to their larvae.

Parasitic wasps lay their eggs inside of living creatures like caterpillars or spiders, where the larvae then feed on the living host.

Wasps help manage populations of other pests, especially in agriculture. They also act as pollinators much like how bees do, feeding on nectar from flowers and plants.

Unlike honey bees however, wasps are capable of stinging multiple times.

Let Us Help

There’s no need to expose yourself or your loved ones to the potential for wasp stings by removing them on your own. Let the technicians at Critter Control® of Reno handle them for you. For more information about wasps, or our wasp removal services, contact us today at 775-322-5558.