Are wasps all bad? Predaceous and parasitic Hymenoptera account for nearly 60 percent of all insect predation on other insects, meaning these species eat other bugs, which is a good thing.
Problematic wasps such as vespid wasps like yellow jackets, hornets and paper wasps are vicious offenders of stinging. Normally they are killed off yearly in autumn in colder regions, but in the southeast, colonies can became quite large.
The open-faced pendulous nests of paper wasps generally found under overhangs can be sprayed with an insecticide marked for their species. Hornets often build nests high up in trees or shrubs and are best treated by an exterminator. In-ground nests of yellow jackets are most easily angered and irksome. Sprays work but must be treated with caution and pretty much with a large colony, killing is out of the realm of amateurs. Preventative measures such as keeping food and drink inaccessible are one precaution, because they typically eat meats and sweets.
Gardeners generally suggest that you get to know their habits their looks, and how best to control or avoid them. These bullies may also frequent hummingbird feeders and have been known to sting the little birds.
You might wonder whether anything has the nerve to eat this dreadful flying drone. Actually, numerous species of birds devour wasps. They are also consumed by bears, skunks, bats, weasels, wolverines, rats, mice, crabs, frogs, fish, spiders and bee-eating insects. Finally, because they can, badgers often demolish the entire larvae.