Paper Wasp

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Polistes spp.

How to Identify an 

Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long. They are black with yellowish to white in the face and have no hairs. They have long legs that hang in flight and an abdomen that gradually slopes at the anterior end.

They appear longer and more slender than yellow jackets.

Where do they come from?

Paper wasps are social insects who’s colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months.

Their nests can be found on building eaves, play equipment, benches, any hollow pipe, etc. or in plants and trees. Their nest is open, umbrella shaped with all wasps exposed.

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What do they look like?

Paper wasps appear longer and more slender than yellowjackets
Paper wasps have long legs that hang when flying
Paper wasps are very social insects
Paper wasp nests are open and umbrellas shaped

Where do they live?


Polistes spp.



Insects, nectar

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