Paper Wasps : Quick Facts
• Get their common name from the paper-like material they build their nests out of
• Can also be referred to as umbrella wasps after the shape of their nests
What does a Paper Wasp look like?
• Brownish with yellow markings. Several species feature reddish markings
• Approximately 5/8” to 3/4“ long
• 6 legs (long)
What do they eat?
• Insects such as caterpillars and flies
Where do Paper Wasps live?
• They hang their nests from twigs and branches of trees and shrubs
• Can also build their nests from porch ceilings, tops of windows and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists, and railings, etc
Are Paper Wasps dangerous?
• Not aggressive by nature
• Will sting if they are disturbed or if the nest is threatened
• Wasp stings are painful and may produce an allergic reaction like other stinging insects
How can I prevent a Paper Wasp infestation?
• Regularly inspect all common areas where the wasps build their nests
• Treat wood fences and deck railings with a repellent oil to deter them from gathering cellulose from the wood
How do I get rid of Paper Wasps?
• Do not attempt to remove a nest on your own as there is a high probability that you will get stung.
• If you suspect an infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control specialist. Please call DKS Pest Control at (724) 478-5344.