- Regarded as being more dangerous than bees and are often thought to sting humans without provocations.
- Wasps can sting multiple times because their stinger will not remain in the skin.
- Male wasps have no stinger.
Wasps have smooth bodies, as opposed to bees that have hairy bodies. They are about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch long in a variety of colors and shapes. They live off other insects, primarily spiders. They are considered social insects, with one egg producing queen. They build their nest from wood fibers, producing a paper like shelter. The Paper Wasp commonly builds it’s nest under the eaves of houses or under porch roofs.
Recommended products and treatment for wasps are Deltadust or Demon WP sprayed in that area.
PT Wasp / Hornets Killer is an aerosol that would give a very quick knock down of the nest. You can spray as far away as 15 feet.
The Freeze brand in these aerosols have an oily base so care should be considered when using not to stain a surface.
Spraying into wasp nests should ALWAYS be done at night. Wasps are far less aggressive and are all at home.
Demon WP, or Deltadust as a residual, sprayed around the area where they have a tendency to nest would give you even better control.
Adults emerge in spring, mate and begin construction of the wasp nests, which may contain one or more cells. Capture and sting insects or spiders to provision nests. Solitary wasps are generally considered to be beneficial insects. Potter wasps build tiny jug-shaped mud wasp nests.
Cicada killers and spider wasps build their wasp nests in the ground by burrowing.
The digger wasps, cicada killers and burrowing spider wasps cause concern because of their activity in lawns or other high traffic areas and can be controlled by applying residual dusts such as Deltadust into the burrows.
Mud daubers build a variety of mud nests, including organ-pipe nests and globular nests.
Mud Dauber wasps are not social wasps like Paper wasps.
They are in a different family.
Many paralyze spiders to provision mud cells built to enclose eggs, larvae and pupae.
The mud cells form long clay tubes or large lumps.
The wasps are slender; they are shiny black or brown, orange or yellow, with black markings.
Many have long slender thread waists.
Have stingers but are usually not aggressive and sting only when handled.