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What Are Wasps?

Wasps are a diverse group of insects belonging to the order Hymenoptera, which also includes bees and ants. They are best known for their slender bodies, often with bright colors such as yellow, black, or metallic blue, and their characteristic narrow waist. With over 100,000 species identified worldwide, wasps exhibit a wide range of behaviors and ecological roles. Here's a closer look at these fascinating insects:

Physical Characteristics:

  • Body Structure: Wasps typically have elongated bodies divided into three distinct sections: the head, thorax, and abdomen. Their bodies are often more streamlined and less hairy compared to bees.
  • Coloration: While coloration varies among species, many wasps feature striking patterns of black and yellow stripes. However, some species may exhibit different colors, including shades of red, brown, or metallic hues.
  • Stinger: Most species of wasps possess a stinger, which they use primarily for defense and subduing prey. Unlike bees, which have barbed stingers that detach after use, wasps can sting multiple times.

Behavior and Ecology:

  • Social Structure: Some species of wasps, such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, are social insects that live in colonies with a hierarchical structure consisting of a queen, workers, and males (drones). These colonies often construct intricate nests from paper-like material, which they build by chewing wood fibers mixed with saliva.
  • Solitary Wasps: In contrast, many wasp species are solitary, with individual females constructing and provisioning nests for their offspring without assistance from other colony members. Solitary wasps can be beneficial as natural pest controllers, as they often prey on other insects.
  • Diet: Adult wasps primarily feed on nectar and other sugary substances, while larvae are typically carnivorous, consuming insects and other small prey brought to them by adult wasps.
  • Pollination: While not as efficient as bees, some wasp species contribute to pollination by visiting flowers while foraging for nectar. However, their primary ecological role often revolves around controlling insect populations, making them valuable in pest management.

Common Species:

  • Yellow Jackets: Yellow jackets are among the most well-known social wasps, recognized for their yellow and black striped abdomens. They are often considered pests due to their aggressive behavior, especially in late summer and early autumn.
  • Paper Wasps: Paper wasps are named for the paper-like material they use to construct their nests. They are less aggressive than yellow jackets but will defend their nests if threatened.
  • Mud Daubers: Mud daubers are solitary wasps that construct nests from mud, often found attached to walls or ceilings. They are beneficial for controlling spider populations, as they provision their nests with paralyzed spiders for their larvae to feed on.

Interaction with Humans:

  • Stings: While some wasp species are docile and rarely sting unless provoked, others can be aggressive when defending their nests. Wasp stings can cause pain, swelling, and in rare cases, severe allergic reactions.
  • Control Measures: Due to their potential to become nuisances, especially around human habitation, various methods exist for controlling wasp populations, including physical removal of nests and the use of traps and insecticides. However, it's essential to consider the ecological impact and use control methods responsibly.


Wasps are remarkable insects with diverse behaviors and ecological roles. While some species may pose challenges for humans, many play vital roles in ecosystems as predators and pollinators. Understanding their biology and behavior can foster coexistence and appreciation for these often misunderstood creatures.




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Lee Gorman
Lee Gorman
13:50 21 Nov 22
I’d give a 10 star review if I could! We had a great experience with Critter Stop. Everyone I dealt was friendly, professional, and reassuring. Phillip was very helpful and knowledgeable about the work he was doing. He walked me around the entire house to make sure I saw and understood the services he provided. He was also really nice and answered all my questions — he is exactly the type of person that should be interacting with customers.I love the fact that they will come back for up to 1 year after installation if any problems occur — this shows me they stand behind their work.The owner was great too, he personally came to my house and walked me through their offering. I recommend critter stop to anyone and everyone!
Susan Casey
Susan Casey
14:53 15 Nov 22
Critter Stop is a fantastic business! Everyone involved is extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Chisam, the owner, did a great job of explaining the process to get the squirrels out of my attic during the initial free estimate. The exclusion crew who did all of the initial work was fabulous. The crew consisted of Phillip, Nick and Corey who arrived promptly when they said they would. They are happy, positive employees. Everyone is very polite and patient in explaining their work and answering questions. They came back several times to check the traps and finish it off with the fogging. Lester was very good about following up to schedule each trap check with me, and the office staff who took care of the billing was very efficient. Critter Stop is a well run company with honest, trustworthy employees! Thank you to all of you who worked hard to make my attic critter free and for the peace of mind that you guarantee your work. Great to know I can call them if for some reason a squirrel figures out a way to get back in!
Karen Eckholdt
Karen Eckholdt
14:54 22 Sep 22
Critter Stop has made this project easy and extremely professional from start to finish! They are very detailed and competent from start to finish and know so much about their business. They made a problem easy for us and at a reasonable cost. We would be happy to recommend this company and their owners and staff to anyone.
Aaron Echols
Aaron Echols
13:51 03 Aug 22
The guys at Critter Stop responded quickly, were very friendly, and gave us an honest estimate of what we might need. They explained why some items on other quotes were or were not necessary. They communicated well to get us scheduled, and did the work well and quickly. Great service at a fair and competitive price.
Jacob Scribner
Jacob Scribner
19:23 27 Jul 22
Brandon and his other coworker Gavin came to install insulation in my attic. I am very grateful for the hard work and professionalism. My house feels a lot better with the insulation installed. 5 star review. Cory Leach was also very nice and helpful. He came to my house to do another job and was very attentive and professional. Thank you Corey and thank you Critter Stop for helping me.The owner very polite and helpful, I’m glad I found this company to help me.
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