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Paper Wasp

Appearance
Yellowish markings on the abdomen. Paper wasps are long and slender with a narrow waist.

Color
Reddish-orange to dark brown or black

Size
Range from 3/4 to 1-inch in length

Habitat
Nest is a round, upside-down paper comb

Interesting Facts
Paper wasps present a hazard when they build their nests near homes or structures because of their painful sting.

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Pest Database : Stinging Insects : Paper Wasp

What does a paper wasp look like?

Paper wasps are ¾ to 1 inch in length. They are slender with narrow waists and have long legs. Paper wasps are reddish-brown to dark red or orange depending on the species. Females have a stinger that is not barbed and allows for repeated stinging.

Can paper wasps harm my family or employees?

The paper wasp, in most cases, is not an aggressive insect unless something comes too close or disturbs their nest. The sting of a paper wasp is similar to that of other wasps, but since they do not have a barbed stinger, they can sting repeatedly. Most stings only cause minor medical problems, however some stings may cause serious health problems that require immediate medical attention.

How can I tell if I have paper wasps?

Paper wasp nests are often found hanging under the eaves of buildings, porches, piers, trees, and beneath decks. These wasps will also nest in voids and other protected sites such as gas grills, electrical outlet boxes, hose reels, attics, and crawl spaces. Paper wasps like to build their nests on the south or southeast side of a structure. Nests are comb shaped and resemble an upside down umbrella.

How does Batzner get rid of paper wasps?

Your Batzner pest control professional will come to your property to identify the nesting sites and determine the proper treatment method. Once treatment is applied it may take up to 72 hours to see a reduction in activity at the nesting site. A preventative exterior treatment is also available to deter paper wasps from building nests in your eaves, soffits, and peaks.

What steps can I take to control or prevent paper wasps myself?

There are do-it-yourself products available. If you choose to try controlling paper wasps on your own, do not treat wasps nest on a ladder or raised height unless you have proper stinging insect proof clothing including a head net. Once you use a product on the nest, the wasps will become aggressive and respond quickly. Paper wasps can sting repeatedly.
If you continue to see activity despite your repeated attempts, give us a call and we’d be happy to assist you.