When it comes to stinging insects, it is important to know which species you are dealing with and the threats they may pose. While they can be distinguished by their physical appearance, being able to recognize different nests can help homeowners identify various species from a safe distance.
Paper wasps get their namesake from the paper-like material they use to build their nests. They’re also referred to as “umbrella wasps” based on the distinctive shape of their nests. This species lives in small colonies and eats nectar, as well as other insects including flies and caterpillars. Emerging in the springtime, they have a similar body shape to yellowjackets but are mostly brown in color.
This species often builds nests in residential yards, hanging from objects such as trees, porch ceilings, deck floor joists and more. Their umbrella-shaped nests have open, uncovered cells where eggs are laid.
While paper wasps aren’t aggressive by nature, they will still sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Their stings can be very painful and can cause allergic reactions. Sting sites typically become red and swollen.
What To Do:
Upon discovering a nest, homeowners should contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation and effectively remove the nest from the property. When it comes to stinging insects, nest removal is not a “do it yourself” job. Any attempts to remove the nest will disturb and threaten these pests, causing them to attack, sometimes in large numbers.
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