Wasp Nest

Asked July 15, 2019, 3:36 PM EDT

Is it necessary to destroy a wasp nest if it isn’t directly in the path of people?

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Many wasps can peacefully co-exist with people, even if the nests are very close to where people are active. If it is a nest of yellow jackets, these are the worst in terms of aggressiveness... even at quite a distance from a nest. Bald faced hornets are much more docile and sometimes get used to interactions with human activity. Solitary wasps, which do not live in colonies, are typically not a threat to people.

All of these species are predatory, helping to control the numbers of other insects and spiders.