Social wasps and hornets get their name form the fact that they live collectively in colonies, which can range in size from a few hundred to thousands of hornets per colony. The more common social hornets are yellowjackets, hornets, and paper wasps. These insects all live in paper nests they build and then abandon at the end of the season. The old colonies are seldom re-used, but a new colony will often develop in a similar area. Over the winter most of the colony dies, except for the recently impregnated females (queens) who live until the next spring and establish new colonies. The new colonies gradually grow over the spring and summer and reach their maximum size by late summer.
Normally, social wasps and hornets feed on other insects, as well as sweet substances like nectar and honeydew.
Recommended Steps to Control Wasps and Hornets
Keep food and garbage covered, so as to eliminate attractants for wasps and hornets. Use the Waspinator to keep wasps, bees, and yellowjackets away from eating area. Capture the insects by placing an Oak Stump Yellowjacket Trap away from eating and activity areas, to draw them away from human contact.