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Wasps

Wasps also known as Hymenoptera are omnivores that reach up to 1.5 inches. The most familiar species of wasp we encounter are wrapped in bright warning colours and ones that buzz angrily in groups and threaten us with painful stings.

Wasps are distinguishable from bees by their pointed lower abdomens and the narrow “waist,” called a petiole, that separates the abdomen from the thorax.

Don’t be fooled wasps come in every colour imaginable, from the yellow brown, metallic blue and bright red. If the brighter wasp is what you’re seeing that species is in the Vespidae “stinging wasp” family.

Wasps are divided into two primary subgroups. Social wasps include colony builders like hornets and only use their stingers for defence. Solidarity wasps are the largest subgroup and do not form colonies and reply on their venom to hunt.

Despite our fear of wasps they are extremely beneficial to humans. Almost every insect on earth is preyed upon by a wasp species. Wasps do so well at controlling pest populations that the agricultural industry deploys them out to protect crops.

To rid them from your area, call Local Pest Control and we’ll go to work.

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