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Wasps – Social and Solitary Wasp

Wasp Control | August 27, 2019

There are many species of wasps around Austin, but they are not all alike. Social wasps are very different from solitary wasps. The social wasp hierarchy is more complicated than that of the solitary wasp. This is because social wasps have queens while solitary wasps are often just a single female wasp.

Social Vs. Solitary Wasps: Attack Mode

Social wasps act as a unit and are very dependent upon pheromones. Aggregate pheromones create an aggressive “take no prisoners” mentality and yes, an entire colony of wasps will empty to defend the hive. Conversely, “social” pheromones do not drive solitary wasps.

Solitary wasps are very independent. They don’t have a colony. They don’t need anyone to protect them. Their sting is by far more powerful than that of a social wasp. Once you’ve been stung, you are not likely to mess with a solitary wasp again.

Solitary Wasps: Spider Hunters

Solitary Wasps often do humanity a significant service. Many are spider hunters, and they keep the spider population in check. Most solitary wasps hunt only a single species of spider. For example, the blue metallic mud dauber hunts black widow spiders. The bigger pompilids hunt tarantula. There are tiny social wasps that hunt small spiders. While we may not like mud dauber nests on the side of our home, they are only there because there are spiders to hunt.

Wasp Thoughts

The lesson here is that some wasps make great decent neighbors. Social wasps are not aggressive unless provoked. Most are just busy trying to provision their nests before they die. Social wasps do not raise their offspring. They build a nest, stuff a spider or other prey item in it, and lay an egg. When the egg hatches, the larval wasp burrows into the prey and eats it.

If you have pest wasps issues, give us a call. We can remove the nests and safely destroy the wasps. We provide quality ad affordable pest control services throughout the Greater Austin Area.

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