Most wasps and bees are harmless and won’t bother you if you leave them alone. In Washington State, there are a couple that you should take note of. Being able to know the difference gives you an edge in protecting your family.
Did you know that the Carpenter Ant is one of the Wood Destroying Insects? It is also the largest ant in Washington. Known to many as the large black ant they see wondering around in their back yard. Some have mistaken them to be a termite. Since they are in the Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) group of insects there are some things you should know in protecting your home from them. These large ants can destroy wood. Most of the time the damage is superficial.
The Pacific NW once had few insects; however, new species have hitched rides on imported landscape material, lumber, and other items from warmer climates like Florida and Arizona. Most people call them “star ants.” However, they are known in the pest industry as Odorous House Ants.”