Wasps live in nests made from a paper like substance. It is produced by the wasp chewing on soft wood and using it to form the thin paper like substance. Wasp nests start as small as a marble and can, if not noticed can grow to the size of a small car. These extensive nests can house hundreds and thousands of wasps. Fortunately, those built in built up areas rarely get this large.
A wasp sting is extremely painful, many people have allergies regarding the wasp’s venom; some so severe they are life threatening. As a wasp cannot understand human intention many are stung just for being too close to the nest. The wasp is easily aggravated and provoked into stinging, they don’t seem to care if it man or beast, if they feel at all threatened they will sting.
There are two main types of wasp, those that live in a communal nest and those that live independently. These different ways of living can be described as:
Those that live in ‘a household’, all in the same building, those that live in communal nests. These are referred to as social wasps. Social wasps use their stingers only for defence.
Those that live in ‘a town’, live alone but sometimes within close proximity to others. These are referred to as solitary wasps. A stinging solitary wasp will rely on their venom to hunt.
There are some 30,000 different types of wasp worldwide and each has a unique characteristic and behaviour pattern.