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A wasp's diet varies between species. In most instances, wasps feed their larvae bits of insects that they have killed and chopped up, but the adults feed on sugars from nectar, aphid honeydew, or a sugary liquid produced by their larvae. Most species of wasp are actually parasitic insects, which means they lay their eggs inside other insects and they rarely bother us humans. The wasps that you see most often are the social wasps that come searching for human food.
Wasps are beneficial to ecosystems because they control insect populations, but feared by humans because of their powerful sting. This is why homeowners are concerned about wasp control when they see wasps around their home or garden or spot a wasp nest. Knowing what wasps like to eat is a great way to prevent wasps in the first place.
In general, wasps eat -
But, bald-faced hornets for example, only consume fruit juices and nectar. On the other hand, yellow jackets will consume “human food” and are often found swarming around garbage cans. Sometimes wasps can even make their way into a bee’s nest and steal honey!
The mud dauber wasp is a common predator of the spider in North America. Rather than eating the spider, the mud dauber wasp stings it, paralyzes it and places the corpse in a mud cell in the wasp nest. The larva will then feed on the spider.
Yes! Paper wasps chew wood pulp to help create their paper-like nests. If you have wooden structures on your property, like your home, make sure you have a wasp control plan to protect your property.
Yellow jackets are commonly known for feeding on human food, like meats, and on other insects and spiders.
If you’re eating or drinking outdoors, a great way to prevent wasps is by not leaving food unattended or leaving it covered in an airtight container. Other useful tips to preventing wasp infestations include:
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