Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

About The Pest

Paper wasps get their common name from the paper-like material used to make their nests. Paper wasps are sometimes called umbrella wasps, after the shape of their distinctive nests. Paper wasps are semi-social and live in small colonies. They eat nectar and other insects including caterpillars and flies. In the autumn, inseminated females will seek places to spend the winter, and may find their way indoors, especially around attics, dormers, and cathedral ceilings. Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs, tree and shrub branches, porch ceilings, the tops of window and door frames, soffits, eaves, attic rafters, deck floor joists and railings. While not an aggressive species by nature, paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause the same risk of allergic reaction as other insect stinging pests stings.


Paper Wasps are busiest during the months of May through October.

Summer, Autumn
1.9 to 3.2 cm
Throughout the U.S.

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