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Make your own Paper Wasp trap:
Make sure the funnel is not touching the liquid solution. Hang in an infested area of European paper wasps. Place every 50ft if you have a large area. Viola!
NOTE: This trap will not work for Yellow Jackets because they are attracted to proteins and meats.
(Enlarged to show detail) This wasp accounts for about 90% of all stings from the wasp family. Yellow jackets are easily distinguished from bees because they have very few body hairs. The queens start a new colony in the early springtime. Queens prefer to build underground nests and will take advantage of abandoned rodent burrows. Colonies can quickly build up to over 10,000 members in just one summer.
Hornets will rarely sting unless repeatedly threatened near the nest. The queens build new aerial nests every spring. Like yellowjackets, workers will increase the nest size with papery cells and feed larvae. Nests are generally attached to trees or bushes, but they can also be found on structures. Sometimes hornet nests can be found under eaves and other building overhangs. Sometimes hornets are attracted to ripening fruit be sure to dispose of any fallen fruits on the ground to minimize hornets in an area.
The Paper Wasp
The adult Paper Wasps are more slender than yellow jackets or hornets and often have long legs dangling during flight. Paper wasps have a very distinct waist and appear smooth or hairless. Paper wasps are typically dark brown, orange or red in color, or can be banded with yellow and black. Paper wasps build open-cell nests in protected areas. The open cells are not covered with a papery envelope like with hornets. Overwintering queens will start new nests on almost any structure or small cavity, including trees, rocks, wood, playground equipment, and buildings. Reducing queens and small nests early in the spring will prevent large colonies from building up.
This wasp is classified as the Mud Dauber Wasp. The only benefit of having these plastered on your home, is to keep away the Black Widow Spider (their prey). The females build nests out of mud, which hardens over time. In this nest, they lay a single egg. They catch a Black Widow Spider by stinging it with their venom. This doesn't kill the spider, but rather paralyzes it. They bring the disabled spider back into their mud lair and lay the egg on or beside the spider. This wasp will then seal the hole, burying the spider inside to be used for food when their offspring hatches. Once they seal the hole, they fly away to build another nest, continuing the cycle.
Carpenter Ants are actually classified with bees, wasps, sawflies, and other ants. Mostly because they have wings, but rarely fly. You know if you have carpenter ants if there are little piles of saw dust in random areas of your home. Usually, they are found in forest areas where there is a lot of wood. Most families that encounter carpenter ants will get them from bringing wood in from a forest or having wood piles by the side of the home. Unlike termites, they do not eat the wood, but rather feed on tiny insects, dead animals, honey dew, plant fluids, and other household food items. Unfortunately only 12 species of carpenter ants reside in Utah- YIKES! (sarcastic undertone)
Centipedes are not classified as insects but belong to a separate class of arthropods called Chilopoda. They have anywhere from 15 to 300 pairs of legs. Like spiders, centipedes have venom glands that are connected to the first set of legs rather than the fangs. Their bite is compared to the sting of a wasp or yellow jacket.
They normally live outdoors and have the same habitat as sowbugs and millipedes. They can run rappidly and can squeeze into tiny crack and crevices for dwelling. Centipedes feast on insects and other organisms and are considered to be a beneficial pest. They are not know to damage plants or household furnishings. They
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