To get a bit technical, wasps are insects in the hymenoptera order and the apocrita sub-order. Wasps are often mistaken for bees and confused with other stinging insects. Wasps are notorious for building their nests right in places where people like to gather, like around your deck or under the eaves of your roof in your backyard. These stinging insects are also well known for viciously defending their nests.
Wasps come in all shapes and sizes. Unlike bees, some wasps are solitary while others thrive in large colonies. Some wasps survive entirely on nectar from plants, but others are parasitic and will attack other insects. They have a painful sting, and unlike bees, wasps do not leave their stingers behind. That means they can sting someone over and over again – which makes them particularly painful pests.

More About Wasps


Yellowjackets are social wasps that live in colonies with workers, males and queens. The queen yellowjacket typically emerges between late February through early April

Bald-Faced Hornet

The bald-faced hornet is known for its aggressive nature. They squirt venom from their stinger into the eyes of nest intruders

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps aren’t as aggressive as yellowjackets and bald-faced hornets but they can deliver a powerful sting. The Western Paper Wasp is mostly found in the Northwest

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