Wasps

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Wasps fall into two groups: social or solitary. While solitary wasps can sting and may annoy individuals with their presence, they are rarely targeted for pest control because they don’t usually appear in large numbers. Social wasps include yellow jackets, paper wasps, and hornets. These wasps gather in the thousands and are a serious threat to people.
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Biology & Behavior

Several different wasps, hornets, and bees are found in Utah and the majority are highly beneficial. Bees, such as the honeybee and leafcutter bee are essential to the pollination of many crops and native plants. Most wasps and hornets are predators of pests insects, feeding them to their developing young. Problems with these insects occur when nests are located near high traffic areas or in buildings. Late summer foraging by yellow jacket wasps can be a serious nuisance problem for outdoor restaurants and other areas where food is served outdoors. Also, wasps and hornets may enter homes and buildings during fall in search of overwintering shelter.​​ Several wasps do not produce a social colony and instead individually rear their young in nests of mud or in tunnels underground. These are hunting wasps that collect spiders, cicadas, caterpillars, and other prey for their young. Many are highly beneficial. Although the solitary wasps sometimes appear rather fearsome, they rarely sting, and their sting is less painful than social wasps.

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