Paper Wasp Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from paper wasps by learning techniques for identification and control.

Genus Polistes
Dark brown with yellow markings
1.9 to 3.2 cm
Black wings

Treatment

How do I get rid of paper wasps?

What Orkin Does

Removing a paper wasp nest may be dangerous. It is advised that a pest control professional be contacted to assist in treatment of paper wasp infestations.

Your local Orkin technician is trained to help manage paper wasps and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin technician will design a unique treatment program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep paper wasps in their place...out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Paper Wasps

Appearance

  • Size: These wasps measure 1.9 to 3.2 cm in length.

  • Color: Their narrow bodies are most commonly dark brown in color, with black wings and yellow markings. Some even appear similar to yellow jackets in coloration.

Nests

These insects are called paper wasps due to the construction of their nests. Paper wasp nests are made from plant material combined with saliva and appear to be made from paper. Their nests include numerous compartments within which wasps lay their eggs and rear their young. They typically do not have an outer shell with the cells of the nest visible. In fact, it somewhat resembles an umbrella and is the reason they may be called umbrella wasps.

Habitat

Swarms of the pests around specific areas of the house often indicate the location of a nest. Around homes, nests are frequently found in sheltered areas, such as

  • Attics

  • Door frames

  • Eaves of houses

  • Wall voids

  • Window sills

Diet

Paper wasps feed on nectar and pollen, although they also hunt for insects such as caterpillars with which to nourish their colonies' larvae.

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