How to tell the difference between benign bug-eating wasps and nasty buggers in your yard


A paper wasp maneuvers around an orange trumpet vine Tuesday, August 25, 2009 in Seattle’s Central District. Even wasps knock pollen around in flowers, which they defend by carrying off other bugs such as caterpillars to feed to their young. 


Yellow jackets and wasps can be scary but many are beneficial because they eat several types of insect pests. If you're going to spray a nest, be sure to be well-covered, and do it at night. Or, here's a better idea: hire a professional to do it.

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