Wasps And Yellow Jackets

Take a look at these links to lots of information about wasps and yellow jackets.

Many people are fearful of these creatures, but if that describes you, take a look at the tips explaining how to reduce your chances of being stung.

On the other hand, they are fascinating creatures, and play an important role in biodiversity. They help out in the garden too, eating aphids and other insects that might otherwise snaffle your crops of vegetables, fruits and flowers, and they are important pollinators.

Not all species are aggressive either, and some species probably would not be recognised as coming from the wasp family. I’m afraid sometimes we humans have a tendency to be unnecessarily distrustful, nevertheless, take a look at the information below. If you don’t want them near your home, there are steps you can take to deter them from building nests close by.

Wasp Pollination
Do wasps pollinate?  The answer is YES!  Read more!

Are wasps beneficial?
The answer is YES!  Here are 3 ways in which wasps are very beneficial to people and the planet. Please do watch the amazing video showing how farmers are harnessing wasp power!

Life cycle
Wasps (including what is commonly referred to as the ‘yellow jacket wasp’), actually have short life cycles, just like bumblebees. Nests only last a season, and the colony will perish, with only the newly emerged queens surviving until the following year. Learn more here.

Yellow Jacket Nests
These insects build complex nests, in many respects as beautiful as honeycombs. But what should you do if you find a nest? Here is some advice about what to do, and how to prevent them building a nest nearby in the future.

This is a general information page providing some background about stings, such as the time of year when are you most likely to be at risk of being stung, and so on.

Sting Treatment And First Aid
If you have been stung, what should you do? Here are some first aid tips, and advice about when you should seek the assistance of a health care professional (i.e. the signs of a severe allergic reaction). There are some useful tips too, for preventing stinging incidents.

More information:

Wasp FAQs
Some frequently asked questions about wasps.

How to get rid of wasps without killing them
Some tips on repelling and deterring wasps in a variety of situations.

Wasps and hornets
How do honey bees defend themselves against wasps and hornets?

Bees, wasps and hornets
Differences between them.

Did you know, these insects belong to the insect order, Hymenoptera, along with bees, ants and sawflies? Read more here.

Body Snatcher Wasps!

Why are farmers turning to wasps to help them control crop eating pests?


If you kill wasps you may only attract more!

Find out how to deter wasps here.

How To Kill Wasps

Don’t! It is far better not to kill wasps because you will only attract more of them.

Read about preventing wasp stings

Bees, Wasps, and Ants: The Indispensable Role of Hymenoptera in Gardens

"Few insects are more important than bees, wasps, and ants. They maintain the garden’s biological balance, fertilize vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and recycle nutrients within the soil. It’s no exaggeration to say that a garden can’t be understood without an understanding of its insects."

How To Kill Wasps

Don’t! It is far better not to kill wasps because you will only attract more of them.

Read about preventing wasp stings

You might also be interested to read about Hornets.

Coming soon:  Further information about Paper Wasps, and a resource for pictures and graphics.

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