Quick Answers: What Does a Wasp Nest Look Like?

Yellowjacket Wasp

As we move into the spring and temperatures start to warm up, wasps will soon be returning to yards in Joplin, MO, and the Four States. So, this week on the Bug-A-Way blog, we’ll look at how to identify wasps nests and other important characteristics such as the aggressiveness of wasps and their lifespans.

What does a wasp nest look like?

Wasp nests vary in shape and size depending on the species, but they share some common traits. Most are made of a papery material created by the wasps themselves, a mix of chewed-up wood fibers and saliva. You might see nests that look like upside-down umbrellas or intricate honeycombs. They often come in shades of gray, brown, or black. One key feature is the hexagonal cells inside the nest. These cells are where the young wasps grow. They’re arranged neatly to make the most of the space.

How long do wasps live?

Wasps don’t live very long. Worker wasps, who do most of the work in the colony, usually live for a few weeks to a few months. Their job is to find food, take care of the young, and maintain the nest. Male wasps, called drones, have a similar lifespan. They live for a few weeks and mate with the queen. The queen wasp, however, lives longer. She can survive for several years, especially in species that hibernate in winter. The queen lays eggs and starts new colonies, so her long life is vital for the survival of the group.

Are wasps aggressive?

Wasps have a reputation for being aggressive, especially around their nests. They can sting multiple times and may attack if they feel threatened. That’s why it’s important to be careful around their homes, especially in warmer months when they’re most active.

How can I get rid of wasps?

The best method for getting rid of wasps depends on the size of the infestation. There are many kinds of wasp killers on the market that can be helpful in destroying isolated wasp nests. However, if your property has many nests and structures suitable for nest building. A professional exterminator will be more effective. If you need wasps eliminated, Bug-A-Way Pest Control is here to help.

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