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Paper Wasp

Identification: Paper wasps are commonly mistaken for yellow jackets due to their similar appearance. However, paper wasps typically have longer bodies and legs, and their nests resemble upside-down umbrellas. These nests are often found in sheltered areas such as under eaves, in attics, or nestled within shrubbery.

Behavior: Paper wasps are not inherently aggressive but will defend their nests if they feel threatened. Unlike bees, they can sting repeatedly, making encounters potentially hazardous, especially for those allergic to their venom.

wasp building nest
paper wasp building a new nest for the season

Management and Control:

  1. Early Detection: Regularly inspect your property for signs of nest construction. Early intervention can prevent a small nest from becoming a larger problem.

  2. Professional Assistance: If you discover a nest, especially if it's in a hard-to-reach or precarious location, consider contacting a licensed pest control professional for safe removal.

  3. Caution and Protection: If you must approach an area where paper wasps are active, wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, pants, gloves, and a veil if available. Move slowly and avoid sudden movements to prevent provoking them.

  4. Avoidance: Whenever possible, steer clear of areas where paper wasps are known to frequent, especially during their peak activity times, typically during the day

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