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Where do wasps live?

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Wasps live all around the world and are found in nearly every country. There are more than 200,000 recognized species of wasps as of 2014.

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Where do wasps live?
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Wasps build nests in different locations including in trees, bushes and on houses. The wasps use paper pulp, wood and fibers to create their nests and some species even use mud.

 

Wasps only live for a few months with the queens living up to several years. The majority of wasps die off as the weather turns cold and food sources become scare. The queen will hibernate through the winter so she can start a new colony when spring comes around.

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    Do wasps die after they sting you?

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    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.

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    What attracts wasps?

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    Do wasps die or hibernate in the winter?

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    How do you kill wasps?

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