Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

The Paper Wasp gets its name from the paper like material of which they construct their nests. This wasp is recognized by its 5/8 to3/4 inch brownish to black bodies with yellow or red markings. The Paper Wasps hang their comb nests under twigs and branches of trees and shrubs which can cause concern when ornamental shrubs and hedges are trimmed or fruit is being picked from trees. They also like to hang their nests from porch ceilings, the top member of window and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists and railings, playground equipment, almost any protected place imaginable. If the nest is contacted or disturbed, the Paper Wasps on the nest at the time will defend the nest vigorously and the offender of the nest will probably get stung. If in a breeze or wind when the Paper Wasps get disturbed, stand still and the wasps will fly around but will not follow you. If you run the vacuum of wind from your movement will lead the wasps to you and you will get stung. These wasps are beneficial insects by helping to control many types of insect pests. If you need to control these wasps, it is essential that you control and kill the adults early in the morning or at night when all the wasps will be tending to the nest, then remove the nest.