Wasps are one of the few pests that actually attack humans. Most are detrimental because they destroy property or spread disease, but wasps are known for their painful sting, and their bothersome nature whenever we’re trying to enjoy some quality time on our patio. However, not all wasps are completely bad, and in this article, we’re going to go over some of the beneficial aspects of wasps.
We all know about yellow jackets and bald-faced hornets, and we know that they are capable and willing to sting us. However, they can be beneficial. Both species eat a huge number of houseflies, caterpillars, mosquitoes, aphids and several other pests.
Paper wasps will usually nest under the eaves of the home, and they will mostly leave you alone. They do not have the same food preferences as other wasms. Instead, they are mostly interested in insects that are harmful to us. The only time you have to worry about paper wasps is if you manage to disturb their nest.
You will know bald-faced hornets when you see a large, black wasp with a head and abdomen covered in white spots. These hornets build their nests in shrubs and trees, and they will attack when their nest is threatened. This species will leave you mostly alone, and when they are around, they are not aggressive enough to sting without provocation. However, they are also great at picking up harmful insects and other pests, which they feed on.
And now we get to the yellow jackets. These are the wasps that will nest inside the walls of your home or garage. They will feed on harmful insects, but these benefits are offset by the downside they bring. Yellow jackets will opportunistically look for food on your property, and bother you when you’re out on your patio, or out for a picnic. On top of that, they are so drawn to sugar that they will enter soda cans, and you may accidentally swallow them or get a sting on your tongue. They are an aggressive species, especially if they feel that their nest is threatened.
Of these three species, the paper wasps are the most harmless, but you can remove all of these species with the help of a pro. Contact us today if you have a wasp nest on your property, and we will help you get rid of it.