Wasps, hornets and yellow jackets can display aggressive behavior, so it is best to control where they set up their colonies around your home. Queens can be up to three times
larger than worker wasps or drones. Once she lays her eggs, she stays inside. The sole duty of the queen is to lay eggs and expand the colony. Nests quickly reach a population of approximately 4,000 to 5,000 workers with 10,000 to 15,000 cells by August and late September. Meanwhile, workers forage for food while drones help the colony grow, reaching
its peak in summer. The workers then seek out sugary foods to power the olony’s activity. These colonies can contain thousands of wasps. These colonies can be located inside the walls of your home or in the ground. Yellow jackets are well known for being among the most aggressive of all wasps, as these insects often sting their victims repeatedly even over the most trivial of disturbances to their nest.
Though bees and wasps share similar colors, they are VERY different species. One way to separate between the two are with their body shape. Bees tend to be plumper and hairier, while wasps are slender and smooth. Wasps look shiny. You can also differentiate by looking at their legs. Bees carry pollen on their legs, while wasps do not. Bees feed on pollen and nectar, wasps eat other insects as well as nectar. Another big difference between the two insects is their homes. Wasps construct their nests from chewed up wood fibers and saliva, while bees make vertical combs out of wax to create hives.