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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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    What eats wasps?

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    Certain species of birds such as starlings, blackbirds and magpies purposely hunt wasps to eat. Some wasps, such as the paper wasps, prey on smaller wasps, and many spiders also eat them. Several species of reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals eat wasps or their larvae.

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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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    What attracts wasps?

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    In the spring and early summer, wasps are attracted to protein contained in pet food, garbage scraps and exposed compost piles. During the cooler late summer and fall months, wasps seek out sweet foods, such as rotten tree fruits, open soda cans and fruit juices.

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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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