A Lesson in Bugs: Oregon Wasps

While it’s not exactly clear where the very first wasp came from or when, we do know that the oldest fossilized wasp found so far is around 115 million years old. It’s possible they are even older than that, dating back to around the time when the first flowering plants appeared on earth 120 million years ago. Vespula germanica

Over time, wasps have developed into a diverse array of insects, touting around 30,000 different types of species – and Dallas, Oregon has its fair share of them. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes. While many folks fear them for good reason, wasps are actually very beneficial to the environment. They act as a natural pest control in Dallas, OR, generally feeding on pests like caterpillars.

In Dallas and other areas of Oregon, there are around 8 species of wasps. Some are considered “social” types, who live in hives with their mates, while most are “solitary” introverts who prefer to live alone.

As wasps start to make their way back out during the summer months, it’s important to know which ones to avoid, which ones aren’t as scary, and when you really need the help of exterminators in Dallas, OR.

Common Thread Wasted Wasp

These “solitary” skinny minnies burrow in loose dirt and prey on caterpillars and other larger pests. They aren’t aggressive, but a misstep may end up in a sting.

Eastern Velvet Ant Wasp

The red and black stripes should be a warning to anyone who runs into this ant-like wasp. It’s nicknamed cow-killer for a reason. While these are solitary creatures, stings are extremely painful. If you need help getting rid of them, call expert pest control in Dallas, Oregon.

Cuckoo Wasp

This green and blue variety of wasp is actually considered a parasite for their parenting technique. But they are all beauty, no bite. While they have stingers, they tend to just curl up in a ball and hope the threat – you – just goes away.

Great Golden Digger Wasp

True to their name, these gold-colored wasps are solitary, stoic creatures not known for aggression. They are great to watch, not kill.

Horntail Wasp

Despite their name and vivid coloring, this is a non-aggressive species that uses trees to raise their young. With a wingspan reaching lengths of 2 inches, they may scare you nonetheless.

Ichneumon Wasp

The females stand out for their very long, needle-like “stinger” – which is used for laying eggs more often than stinging. Still, they are very capable of stinging with it, and if you’re having a problem with them, don’t hesitate to call exterminators in Dallas, OR.

Leucospid Wasp

Hairless bodies, thick-thighs and a rounded abdomen cause this wasp to be mistaken for a bee. But Leucospid wasps don’t lose their stinger after one sting like some bees, so be careful when these are around.

Weevil Wasp

Introduced to areas as a natural pest control against Weevils, these wasps are small but mighty. Again, solitary in nature, but fully capable of stinging.

The world of wasps is fascinating, yet they get a bad rap because of their painful sting. They can be very dangerous to those with allergies, causing serious complications and worse. If you need targeted pest control to rid your yard of a wasp problem, give Western Exterminator a call.

Mr. Little

He’s represented Western for nearly a century. But he’s no old fogey. Follow Mr. Little’s blog for pest tips and facts!

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