Wasps are often confused for bees, a somewhat acceptable mistake considering the fact that both insects fall under the order of hymenoptera; however, while sharing various characteristics such as their thin waists and the fact that their larvae both look like maggots, there are essential differences between wasps and bees.

These are differences that must be understood, considering the role that wasps can play in a home, from their slender and much smoother bodies to the fact that when they sting a target, they generally tend to survive, as opposed to bees.

Wasps are not completely destructive creatures; after feeding on sugary substances like the juice of a ripe fruit, wasps have a tendency to prey upon other insects like flies and crickets. Their negative contributions to a home, however, cannot be underestimated, especially considering their tendency to construct nests in numerous locations within and around residential properties.

When threatened in anyway, wasps will sting their targets to defend themselves, typically withdrawing their stings after injecting venom, thus making them capable of stinging multiple times unlike bees. This can prove troublesome for homeowners where every opened door might be treated as an intrusion worthy of a sting.

Wasp stings can be treated with ice, vinegar and various ointments, with anti histamines proving essential in some cases; individuals living within the vicinity of a wasp nest and who are prone to allergic reactions are often at risk of fatal encounters with wasps, not only within the confines of their homes but those places in the nearby surrounding areas prone to wasp infestations like trees.

Any attempts to eliminate wasp activity, especially when they nest so close to a human dwelling (hence introducing many a danger) should be performed at night when wasps are least active; typically the nest is enclosed in plastic, severed from its point of attachment and sealed in a bag.

Killing the wasps, where necessary, becomes a simple matter of freezing the bag or placing it in direct sunlight for a few days. There are benefits to the presence of wasps, but the dangers they pose cannot be ignored.