Scientific Name: Polistes spp.
Color: Brownish with yellow markings
Shape: Wasp-like shape, pinched-in waist
Size: 5/8-3/4" long,
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
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)