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Paper Wasps

Paper Wasps Information


Paper Wasps are about an inch in length, but some may be a little bigger or a little smaller.  They are brown, in color, and have yellow stripes on them.

Location and Behavior Patterns:

The nests of Paper Wasps are very distinguishable, as they appear to consist of paper-thin material that is created from chewed wood materials.  The nests hang upside-down on certain surfaces, and are attached by a single stalk, typically.  Their nests resemble the shape of an umbrella, and some people refer to this type of wasp as an “umbrella wasp”.

Paper Wasps are usually not very aggressive, but they will attack, if they feel threatened.  Their sting can be very painful like Yellow Jacket, and may cause an allergic reaction in some people, which may create a need for medical attention.  They tend to stay in groups of a few dozen; however, a big nest may contain up to 100, or so, worker wasps.  They are typically found in tree limbs, under eaves, in window sills, in outdoor air-conditioning units, under awnings, or some other similar place where they are somewhat protected.     


The nest(s) of Paper Wasps may be treated directly by a pest-control professional, or for an area that has reoccurring Paper Wasps nests, a pest control product that has a residual effect may also be applied.  If you spot a nest in close proximity to your home or business, it is best to contact a professional for assistance.

Paper Wasps