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  • Build in protected areas such as hollow trees, hollow posts, shed partitions, barns, porches, and attics

  • Mature nests consist of 6 to 8 horizontal combs with a papery covering

  • Nests can be very large (2 to 3-feet in length, 20-inches in diameter) and can have 800 to 1000 or more workers

  • Nests are annual and die out in winter

  • Hornets have a large stinger and a large poison sac, the stings can be very painful

  • Try to locate the next by watching flight patterns to and from an area

  • Hornets abandon their nest at the end of each year

  • A single queen starts a new nest in the spring with few workers. Limited damage to nest area is noticed in early spring due to the minimal size. At the end of summer, however, these nests produce more damage and are easily spotted either visually or by the amount of workers flying to and from the hive entrance

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  • The wasp larvae feed on the paralyzed but still living Cicada

  • Full grown larvae hibernate in burrows, pupate in spring and emerge the following summer as adults

  • Can cause extensive lawn damage but reduces the Cicada population

  • Can be frightening to homeowners because of their large size and massive population

  • They do sting, but only when provoked

Cicada Killers

  • Considered a nuisance pest since they do not defend their nest

  • Not very aggressive in terms of wasp nature

  • The mother queen paralyzes a spider lays her egg and closes the egg chamber with the spider and egg remaining. When the young larvae wasp hatches and feeds on the spider it later pupates and changes to an adult which emerges from its chamber, the process then starts over again

  • Can be observed “singing” while applying mud to a nest

  • The queen must care for her own young, unlike the social yellow jacket

  • The queen uses her stinger to paralyze their prey rather than to defend their nest

Mud Daubers

  • Are ½ to 1-inch long and are more slender than Yellow Jackets

  • Mostly yellow with small areas of black

  • Nests consist of a single layer of exposed cells. No protective outer layer exists

  • Colonies are small compared to other bees, up to 200 to 300 workers

  • Feed on insects and are very beneficial to the gardener

  • All females are potential queens, there are no workers castes. The one who begins to build becomes the queen. The other females take on a subservient role of foraging for food and feeding the young

  • Knocking down the nest without proper treatment is worthless since the wasps will only rebuild it

Paper or Umbrella Wasps

  • Nest construction is a paper-like material made from chewed wood fibers mixed with saliva. Has several tiers of comb and a thick, multilayered outer shell. A single opening at the bottom allows the hornets to fly in and out

  • Lifecycle consists of 4 stages, egg, larva, pupa, and adult

  • Are beneficial predators that feed on other insects particularly flies

  • Colony lives for one season (1-year). Each nest is built from scratch each year and the previous nest cannot be reused

  • At first, colony growth is slow but increases rapidly by the end of the summer when successive broods of workers emerge. Peak population of workers can run 800 to 1000 by the end of the summer

  • Queens are the only member to survive the winter. In early spring, she chooses a new location and begins to raise sterile daughter offspring. The workers take over the duty of next clean-up, food foraging and caring for offspring while the queen’s primary function is to produce more eggs

  • In fall, the males and new queens (that are produced by the mother queen of that past year's nest) mate and the fertile queens hibernate until the next spring. The old queen, workers, and males die due to old age or freezing temperatures. A mother queen may produce 40 to 50 or more daughter queens. Each new queen will, if she survives the winter, create a new nest in the spring

Bald-faced Hornets

  • An average sized yellow jacket nest can reach 4000 to 6000 by the end of the summer. Each insect with the potential of multiple stings

  • Yellow jackets are scavengers. They eat road kill, trash, bugs on trees, and even your hamburger at the family picnic

  • Nests are seasonal. They are a gray paper in nature with a condo structure inside covered by a papery substance for added protection. They form their nest by scraping old or weathered wood and secreting this substance back at their next site

  • Yellow jackets will attack people and animals when unprovoked. A yellow jacket sting can be very painful. They can damage fruit when they create holes by eating the flesh

  • They are beneficial, however, because of the scavenger nature. They do eat common insects such as flies and caterpillars

  • If a yellow jacket lands on you, remain calm and wait for it to fly away or gently brush it off. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting stung. Seek medical attention if the reaction to a sting includes swelling, itching, dizziness, or shortness of breath

  • Nest removal can be dangerous and professional help is recommended. The risk of attack is great. If you can have the nest removed early in the season it is safer than waiting until fall when the nest size can be as large as a basketball or larger

  • Have the ability to fly rapidly

  • Just before winter, the queen mates and finds a suitable place to hibernate. (Attic insulation, wood pile, etc.) During the spring, the multiple new queens that were produced last fall will come out of dormancy, begin feeding, and searching for a new nest location site to begin her new colony. Once she finds a place to call home she begins building her nest. As she produces workers and the colony becomes large, the sole responsibility of the queen is to reproduce and the workers begin hive maintenance. There is nothing but brood comb stored in their nest, no honey

  • They can cause structural damage to a home when they construct nests in walls or attics

  • Control at home is to keep trash and garbage in sealed containers away from the house. Clean up decayed wood, trees and brush. Paint any unfinished wood or stain it. Maintain and reseal treated wood every 2 years. Keep bark mulch fresh. Avoid areas of standing water in your yard. Avoid wearing perfumes or hairsprays and keep all food and drinks covered when outdoors

  • In the fall, yellow jackets will search for food and warmth, often making their way inside your home if there is a wall or ceiling nest they can become a health threat

  • Never spray insecticide into a hole in your house where you see yellow jacket activity. You will drive them further into the framework of the house. Also, never seal up (from the outside) the yellow jackets entrance while they are still alive. Again, you will drive them into the framework of the home and find them in rooms of the house. Seek professional help with all wall and ceiling nests

  • In the late summer, and in the fall, yellow jacket nests that occupy ceilings and walls of homes can become very heavy. Hive work is vigorous and workers continue to clean up. During this cleaning process, they often scrape away wallboard and plaster that make up our walls and ceilings. Some homeowners will begin to see a wet stain on their wall, hear scratching and clicking in their ceiling and often (sometimes too late if they don’t heed early warning signs), find an entire colony fall through the ceiling into their living room, bedroom or other rooms of their home. This is an emergency situation. Seek a professional to assist you if this occurs

  • For every queen that is killed and every nest that is eradicated during a season, it means that there will be 500 to 5000 fewer yellow jackets in the area

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yelow jacket
  • Yellow jackets are banded yellow, or orange, and black and are commonly mistaken for honey bees. They are social wasps living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males. They can be roughly 2 to ¾-inchs long or longer depending on the variety. There are at least 14 different varieties of yellow jackets in New England

  • Yellow jackets can nest anywhere! They can build on the ground, in a bush, exteriorly on a house, in the eaves, in soffit piece, in a tree, in railroad ties, and the list goes on

paper wasp
  • Make paper nests of open cell construction, typically under eaves, decks, soffits, and overhangs

  • Beneficial predators of caterpillars and garbage

  • Often enter homes in fall, seeking a place to hibernate

  • Sting if provoked or mishandled

  • Survive for one year only, nests are not reused

  • Fertilized queens hibernate and build new nests in the spring

  • Can sting repeatedly and the stings are painful

european brown hornets
  • Stout hornet is approximately 1-inch long

  • Color of head and thorax is dark reddish brown with deep yellow and brown markings on the abdomen. Abdomen markings are similar to those of yellow jackets

  • Resembles the Cicada Killer wasp but is more robust and has more hair on the thorax and abdomen

  • Damage is most extensive in late summer and early fall when large colonies have developed

  • Known as the white faced or bald-faced hornet

  • Actually, a large wasp is widespread in 46 of the United States

  • Nests are found in trees or shrubs, and sometimes on buildings. Often 12-inches or more in diameter. They become very large by the end of the summer

  • Very aggressive and will attack without being provoked

  • Social wasp related to Yellow Jacket and Paper wasp

  • Lives in colonies similar to Honey bees and ants

cicada killert
  • Large solitary wasps measuring 1 to 9/16-inches in length

  • Gets their name from its use of Cicada’s as food for their young

  • Many may fly together over a particular area or burrow but they do not nest together. Each female digs her own burrows up to 10-inches deep and extend 6-inches horizontally

  • Burrows have dirt piles up at their entrances

  • The Cicada Killer locates a Cicada, paralyzes it and brings it back to the burrow. It is placed in the burrow with one deposited egg

mud daubers
  • 1 to 1 1/8th-inch long with a long thin waist

  • Mostly black with some yellow patches

  • Nests are made of mud or clay, in a serial structure, resembling a finger-like projection

  • They feed spiders to their young

  • They do not defend their nest and almost never sting people, but the potential is there

  • They are not social wasps and the female leaves the nest after she provisions it

  • Construction of nests occur on porches, decks, sheds, eaves, attics, ceiling, walls, and under roof overhangs around homes and other structures where people work, live, and play

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