Catch of the Week: Braconid Wasp
October 7, 2016
Have you noticed the species of wasp known as braconid wasps around your Des Moines property? You most likely have and didn't even know it! Though they may look aggressive, they are actually quite harmless pests and, to some, are even considered 'garden allies.'
Braconid Wasp Appearance
A narrow waist distinguishes the braconid wasp species. They are typically shades of black, brown, red or yellow with an abdomen that is longer than their thorax and head combined.
Braconid Wasp Behavior and Diet
Braconid wasps consume a wide variety of pests such as beetle larvae, flies and aphids. This is precisely what makes this species of wasp beneficial - their ability to attack many common garden pests that can become a nuisance. The only problem with these creatures is their need to be in control. Braconid wasps are also known for depositing their eggs into larvae and caterpillars, making them a danger to butterfly gardens.
Braconid Wasp Facts
There are more than 17,000 recognized species of the braconid wasp in the U.S.
Braconid wasps favor nectar plants such as yarrow and other small-flowered members of the daisy family.
Their scientific name is braconidae.
Des Moines Pest Control
Though the braconid wasp is a relatively harmless insect, other wasp species are not. If you happen to find a wasp nest on your property, it is important to call a pest professional rather than attempt to take care of it independently.
To schedule an appointment with Preferred Pest, feel free to give us a call at (515) 276-7277 or make an appointment online.