Paper wasps receive their name from the paper-like nest they build. These nests can be found under the eaves of houses, under branches of trees and shrubs, under decks or inside pipes. These nests have a “honeycomb” look to them, similar to the one to the right.
Paper wasps do not have a caste system with a sterile worker class. There is one dominant female, which lays eggs, and the others tend to the young. The dominant female is usually the nest initiator.
This species of wasps is variable in color. They can be brown, black, orange or yellow. In addition, their bodies may or may not have stripes.
Paper Wasps usually inhabit and create their nest in bushes and trees. It is not common to find these wasps inside homes.
- Tips For Control:
Paper Wasps tend to be able to rebuild their nest very quickly after it has been removed. Therefore, careful attention must be given to the treated area after removal. Treatment should take place early morning or late night to ensure the bees are inside the nest. In addition, if the nest is located in a bush or tree, prune or trim the infested area after treatment.