Flying insects can be dangerous to be around. Be prepared this summer and know what wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and honeybees look like, what they eat, where they live, and how aggressive they are.
Wasps are range in size. The longest wasp is just a little over one inch long. The wasps that sting often have black, yellow, or red stripes. These wasps mainly eat other insects. These flying insects generally live high above the ground or underground in nests. Wasps are not aggressive, unless they believe their hive is being disturbed. Their stinger does not remain in the skin after being stung.
Hornets are about 2 inches in length. They are black, white, or yellow striped. Hornets have wings that are laterally to their body. Hornets generally feast upon insects or bees. They are not interested in any sugar containing food. They generally live in trees, shrubs, or under decks. Their hives are oval shaped and have an obvious opening. Hornets do fly in groups. They only attack if they are threatened, however if you kill or bother one hornet other hornets will attack.
Yellow Jackets are yellow and black striped. In the spring and summer months they eat insects; however, as the season goes on, their diet changes to ingesting a lot of sugar. Yellow Jackets are known to intrude picnics or hang around garbage cans when they are lacking food. These flying insects nest underground. Yellow Jackets are aggressive. They will sting multiple times and follow their target for a long distance.
The sweet honeybee is about 3/4 inches long. They are black and white striped, however they coloring is not as bright as Yellow Jackets. Honey Bees live in hives. Hives can be found in trees, rocks, or of course in backyards where beekeepers maintain them. They are a social flying insect, so they do live in colonies. Only worker bees will sting and they only sting if they believe their hive is in danger. Once Honey Bees sting they do die.
If you have any questions about flying insects please contact Rocky Mountain Allergy at 801-775-9800 or visit our website rockymountainallergy.com.