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How long do wasps live?

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Worker wasps hatch in the spring and live until temperatures dip below freezing. The queen lives much longer, continuing the breeding cycle for several years.

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How long do wasps live?
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Wasps make their homes in aerial nests or vacant ground burrows, depending upon the species. They can be aggressive and emit a pheromone when stinging that causes other wasps to attack. Wasps can sting their victims more than once since they do not lose their stinger during an attack. Swatting at a wasp only makes it more aggressive. The best way to avoid a wasp sting is to remove oneself from the area. Most wasp stings are not life threatening. However, some people are allergic and should receive immediate medical attention.

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