paper waspsPaper Wasps

Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Vespidae
Scientific Name: Polistes spp.
Color: Brownish with yellow markings
Legs: Six
Shape: Wasp-like shape, pinched-in waist
Size: 5/8-3/4" long,
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Paper wasps get their common name from the paperlike material of which they construct their nests. It has been suggested that they be called umbrella wasps based on the shape of their nests. They are usaully unaggressive but can be a nuisance.

Paper wasps hang their comb nests from twigs, branches, porch ceilings, tops of window and door frames, attic rafters, deck floor joists, house overhangs, behind gutters and other protected places.

Various species are found throughout the United States.

When disturbed, the paper wasp can inflict a painful sting.

If necessary to protect human activity, it is essential that all of the adults in a nest be killed or they will quickly rebuild. Apply an appropriately labeled pesticide early in the morning or at night when most of the wasps will be on the nest, then remove the nest.

(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)