Summer is synonymous with stinging insects in the Capital Region. One of the most common in our area is the wasp. Wasps can be very aggressive, so it is important to understand them and react to them accordingly.

Let’s learn a little more about wasps:

  1. There are more than 30,000 species of wasps in the world.
  2. Wasps feed on pollen, nectar and other insects.
  3. Only female wasps have stingers.
  4. Wasps can sting multiple times.
  5. Male wasps are called drones, and they die after mating.
  6. Female wasps are the worker wasps of the hive, and one female wasp is the queen who is responsible for laying eggs.
  7. When wasps die, they release a pheromone that alerts other wasps often making them more aggressive.
  8. Wasps typically get aggressive when they or their nest are threatened.
  9. Young fertilized queens are the only wasps to survive the winter.
  10. Wasps can identify each other by their facial patterns.

If you encounter a wasp nest at your home or business, please contact us for treatment. We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control for the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.