How to Identify Paper Wasps


The abdomens of wasps appear smooth and bullet-shaped. They have dark colored wings, usually ranging from dark amber to black, that are folded lengthwise, making the wings appear smaller than they really are.

Their nests are made of a paper-like material, which is a mixture of wood and salivary secretions of the female wasps.


When a nest is seen, a problem has occurred. Nesting Wasps may have colonies in the hundreds or thousands of individuals.


They build their nests around human establishments, and many people are allergic to wasp stings. Due to their defensive nature, Nesting Wasps are easily provoked to sting when their nest is disturbed.


Preventing a wasp problem is difficult, but for outdoor summertime events, it is important to eliminate their food sources. The following steps will help:

• Keep all food and beverages in covered containers.
• Clean up spills as soon as possible.
• Use covered waste containers.


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About Wasps

  • Paper wasps typically show warning signs called bristiling before attacking that includ every wasp on the nest turning to face you and raising their abdomens high with wings out to the sides. This is a warning sign for you back away.
  • These pests will not use the same nest year to year, but may rebuild a nest next to the old one.
  • When choosing a location for new nests, they look for areas that are undisturbed and sheltered from the elements under eaves and ledges, in attics and chimneys, around door frames, and inside sheds.