Wasps do not die when they sting. Wasps have barbs on their stingers that can be retracted, allowing them to safely remove the stinger without injuring themselves.Continue Reading
A wasp's stinger is actually an egg-laying apparatus called an ovipositor. It doubles as a defense mechanism and is capable of injecting venom from venom sacs through the stinger if needed. The ovipositor is a female-only trait, making males incapable of stinging.
Wasps should not be confused with honeybees, whose stingers are removed along with other organs when used. Honeybees can only sting once because of this, as they die once the stinger is deployed.Learn more about Stinging Insects
The three primary types of vespid wasps are paper wasps, yellowjackets and hornets. These wasps can be differentiated from bees by their lack of body hair and their thinner bodies, but the differences between vespid wasps are more subtle due to their similar appearance. According to About Insects, their primary differences include the type of nest, the nest location, the size of the colony and the feeding habits.Full Answer >
Wasps can be killed using a commercial fumigator or by spraying a mixture of soap and water on the wasps' nest. One can also drown wasps, place the nest in a plastic bag or remove the nest to encourage wasps to move elsewhere, according to Horizon Services.Full Answer >
The main difference between wasps and hornets is that wasp colonies tend to be smaller, with fewer than 100 individuals, while hornet colonies typically have many more. It is often difficult to tell the difference between these hairless, thin-bodied, bee-like insects visually.Full Answer >
Mud wasps can be controlled or removed from an environment using insecticides or by removing the nests, as stated by PestWorld.org. Nests can be removed by spraying down with water, which will destroy the nests because they are made of mud and dirt, or scraping the nests from their hangings.Full Answer >