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Interesting Facts About Wasps

Most people fear them, but wasps are actually fascinating and have an interesting social order.

  • Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly and an ordinary wasp sting (for someone who isn’t allergic) can be treated with deodorant containing aluminum.
  • The sting of a wasp should wear off for most people (again, those who aren’t allergic) within 24 hours.
  • Wasps can travel up to a quarter of a mile to find food to bring back to the colony.
  • Wasps scavenge food for their young larvae and in return, the young produce sweet secretion which is eaten by the adult wasps.
  • Wasps are omnivores and scavengers.
  • Wasps don’t swarm.
  • Wasps don’t create honey.
  • Wasps make their nests in the ground, mud, or create a paper-like substance.
  • Male wasps are called drones. Drones have one purpose, to mate with the queen in the wasp colony.  Once they’ve performed their job, they die shortly after.
  • Wasps are most aggressive between August and October when their food habits change. It is during this time frame that they are known to attack humans.
  • During the latter part of summer, wasp colonies produce males and new queens. These wasps fly away to mate and the queens then find a place to hibernate and overwinter. The cold weather eventually kills the males, workers and foundation queen.
  • Young fertilized queens are the only wasps that survive the winter. They emerge from overwintering in the spring to build new nests. Initially the queen lays up to a dozen eggs and when they hatch into larvae she feeds them until they become workers. The workers then forage for food, feed the new larvae and defend the nest.

If you see a wasp’s nest or think you have wasps around your home, call Triple ‘S’ today for an inspection.  800-457-3785.