Brownish with yellow markings; a few species with reddish markings
Wasp-like, with long legs
5/8 – 3/4” (16-20 mm)
Found throughout U.S.
Paper wasps are semi-social pests that live in small colonies. They feed from nectar, pollen, and insects including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae. From September – November months, inseminated females may come indoors for shelter. They are searching for a place to spend the winter. Homes with cathedral or high ceilings are most prevalent for an infestation.
Paper wasps hang their nests from sheltered areas. Shrubs or hedges with twigs and branches of trees and common locations. The exterior of structures are also prevalent locations such as porch ceilings, window and doorframes, soffits, eaves, and attic rafters. Usually higher areas are preferred.
While not an aggressive species by nature, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stings.
Paper Wasp Prevention
Removing a paper wasp nest can be dangerous. It is best to contact a professional for removal. The most effective way to get rid of paper wasps is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.