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Paper Wasps

What are Paper Wasps?

Similar to most other wasps, paper wasps have slim, thin waists. The wasps in question are brown with yellow or reddish-brown markings.

When in repose, the smoky black wings of paper wasps are folded along their length. Adults measure between 1/2 and 1 inch in length.

Paper wasps are a type of stinging insect with a stinger that extends from the abdomen and is used for both hunting and defense.

Due to their capacity to sting humans, children, and animals, paper wasps are always undesirable when they invade our yards and personal space.

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Do you have Paper Wasps in your home or you are not sure? We can handle the identification and get you a solution to your problem quickly.

Paper Wasps Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are paper wasps dangerous?

Paper wasps are useful insects that contribute to pollination. They also prey on pest insects and assist to manage their populations.

When paper wasps nest in our yards or houses, however, the benefits of their presence are offset by the risks they offer.

The stingers of paper wasps are smooth and can deliver several venomous stings. It's risky when they live on your property. Paper wasps make it tough to relax in your backyard without fear of receiving a painful sting.

Paper wasps are harmful pests when they reside close to your home due to their territorial attitude. They protect themselves and their nest by releasing many severe stings.

If paper wasps decide to make a nest in a less-than-ideal location on your property, such as under your deck or near your home's entrance, your likelihood of being stung will increase.

Paper wasp venom is powerful enough to elicit reactions for persons with allergies. A reaction may range from minor swelling at the site of the sting to a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction.

Why do I have a paper wasp problem?

Paper wasps will nest in any outdoor area that offers them with a sheltered area. They prefer to build their nests on estates with plentiful food and water sources.

Nesting grounds for paper wasps are commonly found in our backyards. They prefer to build nests on man-made structures.

Gardens, trees, shrubs, bushes, and even garbage cans provide habitats for paper wasps and their prey (insects) to hunt for food.

Where will I find paper wasps?

The shape and composition of paper wasps' nests are commonly used to identify the species. The nest of a paper wasp is built of a paper-like substance composed of saliva, bark, and other plant elements.

Inside a nest are numerous single cells connected by a single stem. The nest resembles an inverted umbrella or a strawberry.

Paper wasps construct their nests above the earth, typically on or near man-made structures.

Here are some places you may find a nest:

  • Rooflines
  • Porch ceilings
  • Under decks, porches, or patios
  • Garage or barn rafters
  • Doorways

How do I get rid of paper wasps?

Dealing with paper wasps alone is never suggested. When it comes to eliminating paper wasps from your property, contacting a skilled professional is the best course of action.

We are aware that dealing with stinging insects is dangerous and distressing. Therefore, we offer quick response times to our customers.

We will quickly eliminate your paper wasp problem by utilizing the latest and most powerful treatments available. After we depart, you may rest assured that your paper wasp problem will no longer be an issue.

You can enjoy your outdoor environment without being concerned about being stung.

For more information about our stinging insect control services, contact 24h Pest Pros immediately.

How can I prevent paper wasps in the future?

Prevent problems with paper wasps by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • To prevent paper wasps from entering your home, you should seal any cracks you see in the outside walls, foundation, or behind door and window frames.
  • Ensure that window and door screens are in good condition and fit tightly.
  • Paper wasps will search for food in trash cans that are left open. Ensure that both trash cans and recycling containers have lids that fit securely.
  • Keep outdoor dining areas and areas around barbecue grills clear of food debris.
  • If you have fruit trees, harvest the fruit and gather any that has fallen to the ground.
  • Avoid growing too many flowering plants on your property.
  • Maintain well-kept gardens and lawns devoid of overgrown plants.
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