Paper Wasps

Polistes exclamans Viereck
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What do paper wasps look like?

paper wasps hanging by its new above a new jersey front door

Paper wasps have a pinched waist and six long thin legs that dangle down below their body as they fly. Their bodies are black or brown in color with yellow and/or orange markings; paper wasp wings are grayish in color.  

Adults grow to between ½ and 1 inch in length. These wasps are often identified by their umbrella shaped nests that they create from paper-like material.

Are paper wasps dangerous?

Unlike yellow jackets, paper wasps are not highly aggressive; they live together in small colonies and are thought of as semi-social. However, paper wasps are considered to be dangerous because their venom is strong enough to cause a severe allergic reaction in some people; also they have a smooth stinger which means that they can sting their victims repeatedly.

Why do I have a paper wasp problem?

Female paper wasps breed during the fall and then need to find a safe place to overwinter inside of; female paper wasps often enter into home to overwinter behind its walls or in attic spaces.

Paper wasps may become problematic on a property after they build their nest in the branches of a tree or shrub, under a porch ceiling, deck, eaves, door frames, or roof soffit.

Can I control paper wasps?

The best way to get rid of dangerous paper wasps from your property is to contact a pest control professional that has experience eliminating stinging insects; paper wasp stings can be dangerous and their nests are usually placed in hard to reach areas.

The experienced pest control professionals at Arrow Pest Control have the equipment, experience, and training needed to remove paper wasps from your property. If paper wasps have decided to nest on your New Jersey property, contact Arrow Pest Control today to find out more about our stinging insect control solutions!

How do I make my property less attractive to paper wasps?

It is very difficult to completely prevent paper wasps from choosing your property to nest on, but doing the following things can help to make your New Jersey property less attractive to them!

    • Seal gaps found in your home’s foundation, exterior walls, and along your roof line.
    • Caulk gaps found around windows and doors.
    • Make sure that your home’s chimney has a tight cap on it and that any cracks in it are sealed.
    • Replace loose or missing roof shingles.
    • Trim back trees and shrubs from the exterior of your home.

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