Wasps are one of the most feared insects, due to their painful stings and extremely defensive natures. Varying widely in size, shape, and color, wasps are often mistaken for bees, but unlike bees they are capable of stinging multiple times. Wasps living in or near inhabited structures can be extremely harmful, scary and problematic.
Wasps are divided into two large categories: social wasps and solitary wasps. There are several kinds of wasps commonly found in the Omaha area:
- Cicada killing wasps are thrive in June and August. These ground-dwelling wasps burrow rarely sting, but are large and can be frightening.
- Paper wasps dwell in eaves, and very rarely sting. These wasps are also pollinator and are very beneficial to their ecosystems.
- Yellow Jackets and Hornets are very similar and typically the most unpleasant variety of wasp. These wasps can be ground dwelling, and if their colony is accidentally disrupted (often by activities such as mowing the lawn) they can become very aggressive.