Paper Wasps

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PAPER WASPS

Appearance: 3/4 – 1 inch in length, can be black/yellow, or dark red in color

Habitat and Behavior: Paper wasp hives can usually be found underneath eaves, in bushes, or backyard jungle jims. They gather fibers from dead wood or plant stems, which they mix with saliva to create their nests. They will only attack if they feel the nest is threatened and can generate a very painful sting, which has been known to produce a fatal anaphylactic shock in some individuals.

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Diet: Paper wasps feed on nectar and other insects and are sometimes considered beneficial by gardeners.

Control: Approaching the nest while wasps are present is not recommended. Contact a professional who will knockdown the wasps and then remove the nest to prevent the wasps from returning.