Wood wasps, or horntails, are quite large and can often be found in trees that are dead or near death. Unlike most other wasps, wood wasps do not have a stinger.
Wood wasps are found throughout North America, Europe and Oceania. They are about 1 inch long with black or dark blue bodies. Some wood wasps also have red and yellow stripes. The female is larger than the male because she carries the ovipositor, the section that lays eggs.
While wood wasps do not bother healthy trees, they can be a problem in buildings. Wood wasps can bore into buildings and infest the wood, but the damage is more cosmetic than structural.
Wood wasps are not your only concern when it comes to an infestation. Their larvae attract woodpeckers and other birds that can cause damage as they try to get into the wood to feed on the larvae.
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