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Bees & Wasps (Paper Wasps)

What are paper wasps?

Paper wasps are a type of wasp that feeds on the nectar and pollen of plants. They create their nests out of plant materials and saliva; and as their name suggests once built it looks like it is made out of paper. A paper wasp nest consists of multiple compartments that are not covered. The compartments are where they lay eggs and also where they raise their young. Their umbrella shaped nests are often found hanging under protective overhangs around doors and under roof eaves.

What do they look like?

Paper wasps have a narrow waist and long legs that hang below them as they fly. They have brown bodies with yellow markings on their heads, thoraxes, and abdomens.

Do paper wasps bite?

Paper wasps do not bite. They do sting and unlike the honey bee can sting multiple times.

Are paper wasps dangerous?

Paper wasps can be dangerous. Though they’re not super aggressive, they will defend their nests if threatened. Their venom can cause a severe allergic reaction in some people that requires immediate medical attention.

What are the signs of a paper wasp infestation?

An umbrella shaped nest is a clear indication of paper wasps. Seeing these stinging insects flying inside your home or on your property is another give away.

Why do I have a paper wasp problem?

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Paper wasp prevention tips from Big Blue Bug Solutions

a wasp on a leaf

Preventing paper wasps from nesting on your property is impossible. You can prevent them from building nests indoors by sealing gaps along your homes roof line, exterior, windows and doors.

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