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 small (up to 1/2 inch long), brown, and have a black band on their abdomen. They are most easily identified by their small size and their black band.

Where do they come from?

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of paper wasps is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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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?

Homeowners typically find paper wasps nesting in trees, on roof eaves, or under porches.


Polistes spp.



Insects, nectar

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