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Have you ever been at a picnic, at the park, or even in your own yard when a tiny black and yellow wasp swarms over to you? The sense of fear can seize your whole body — especially if you’re allergic — as they fly around your head. These tiny insects can pack quite the punch with their painful stings. It is no wonder why people avoid them at all costs and try to get rid of them when they infest their home or business. There isn’t anything more unwelcoming to visitors than wasps greeting them with a sharp sting.

Here are five facts about your welcome visitors:

1. Wasps can sting more than once.

You read that correctly — they can sting you more than one time. Wasps often repeatedly sting their victims because, unlike bees, their stinger will not fall off. This means that if one wasps is upset, it can take its revenge over and over again.

2. Wasps are predators.

Wasps hunt and eat nearly every kind of insect. They snack on grasshoppers, aphids, flies, and even other bees. In addition, they will also eat nectar, fruit, tree sap, and even human food. You better watch out for these little bugs during your picnic — they might take a bite out of your sandwich.

3. Wasps have relatively short life cycles.

At the end of each summer, a new queen wasp begins her hibernation  for the winter. All other wasps, including the old queen, die off. When springtime rolls around, the new queen establishes a new colony of wasps that can grow up to 50,000 wasps in one summer. At the end of the summer, the queen dies and a new queen is born to restart the process.

4. Wasps are different from bees

Wasps are distinguishable from bee by their pointed lower abdomens and narrow waist. Bees generally are more round and look “fuzzy”. All wasps build nests out of wood fibers chewed into a pulp. Bees secrete a waxy substance to construct their nests. Wasps come in every color imaginable from yellow to brown to bright blue to sharp red. Bees generally are black and yellow.

5. Wasps can be found everywhere

Wasps call every continent, except Antarctica, home. They are one of the most diverse insects in the world with over 200,000 different species. Not only can they be found everywhere in the world, they also can be found in almost every setting. Meadows, orchards, woodlands, playgrounds, cemeteries, offices, stores, and your backyard. It is very difficult to ever truly be able to escape these pests — unless you live in Antarctica of course.

If you encounter a wasp problem, give Bybee Pest Control a call at 435-256-0561. We will help you protect your home, business, and your picnic from pesky wasps. 

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