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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.

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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    What is the difference between wasps and hornets?

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    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.

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    What do wasps eat?

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    What a wasp eats depends on both the age of the wasp and the particular species; some adult wasps are carnivores, while others get all of their nutrition from nectar in the same way as bees. In most cases, wasp larvae eat insects and other prey brought to them by the adults. In some species, the adults liquefy the prey for the larvae, while others simply eat them whole.

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    How do you kill wasps?

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    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.

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    Do wasps make honey?

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