Wasp certainly is a prevalent concern for many individuals. Nests built close to homes as well as buildings. Generally, they increase the chances of interactions with wasps along with the chance of getting stung. Therefore, it is necessary to know what types of wasps display a threat to the people—precisely where wasps are.
The most frequent types of wasps are bald hornets, paper wasps and yellow jackets because of the venom in their stingers and their widespread existence in crowds. All of these three types of wasps present a health risk for many people.
Other types of wasps are gall wasps, which behave as parasites on particular kinds of plants. Cuckoo wasps are tiny, stinging parasitic wasps. Potter wasps construct small round mud structures and nourish themselves on caterpillars. Spider wasps are aggressive while seizing spiders to give food to their young. Sphecid wasps, more popularly known as cicada-killers, are a common type of wasp, which can cause an excruciating sting if triggered. However, they are less likely to attack humans. Velvet ants are a particular type of wasp, famous for their colours and lengthen, agonising sting.
Yellowjackets, hornets and paper wasps display the greatest danger to people due to their prevalence. Moreover, the three species look much the same and therefore are easy to confuse. All wasps possess slender bodies, thin waists, and most look shiny. Hornets, paper wasps, and yellow jackets are all in stripes, yellow and black.
Gall wasps are also deep brown red and usually present in oak trees, the place they lay their eggs.
Cuckoo wasps are tiny and metallic blue, green or red. Potter, or mason, wasps are white and black, red, orange or yellow. They are also generally seen in ground nests made from mud.
Spider wasps are blue and reddish. In brief, spotted walking across the ground hunting for spiders (spider wasps nest in the ground due to their predatory character). Unfortunately, almost all spiders are far too massive for wasps to carry.
Sphecid wasps vary in size from half an inch to two inches in length. They are red and black, white or yellow, and a few may touch metallic green or blue colours. Also, these wasps indeed nest on the ground.
Velvet ants acquire their name as they reasonably appear to be big, furry ants. Also, the females of a few species are not winged. The majority are yellow and black, red or orange—velvet ants parasite the nests of some other wasp species.
Experienced, researched and written by Graeme Stephens. An IICRC Master Restoration Technician in 2001. With over 34 years of disinfecting, cleaning and pest control Auckland services experience.
Published: 6/11/2014 Updated: 20/06/2021