Paper wasps are just one of more than 20 different types of wasps in the US. Do you know the difference between aggressive and non-aggressive wasp species? Don’t take the risk finding out on your own. We have a complete guide to wasps in your home, and paper wasps are just one of many you don’t want to tackle on your own.

paper wasp on a leaf outside an arp tx homeWHAT DO PAPER WASPS LOOK LIKE?

Paper wasps have narrow bodies that are usually dark brown or mahogany with yellow markings, and they have long black wings that extend back. The middle parts of their bodies are skinny, and some can resemble yellow jackets if they have the right markings. The paper wasp is anywhere between 2 cm and 3.2 cm in length.


Paper wasps nest in hidden and protected areas. It is common to find paper wasps under eaves, under decks and awnings, and tucked away in window sills. They may also enter ventilation exhaust vents on the side of your home.

Paper wasps’ nests are elaborate and unique. Paper wasps construct their nests out of paper, twigs, branches and twigs, which they combine with their saliva to spin and hang. The paper wasp nest can resemble an umbrella when it is complete, with little compartments that create an intricate comb.

Many people are convinced that you can simply knock down a nest with a broom and continue your day, but that rarely works. Paper wasp nests are will protect the nest. You need a plan to prevent a wasp from creating a nest in the first place.


Paper wasps are considered beneficial near gardens and around homes because they feed on small insects and caterpillars. The biggest benefit, however, of having paper wasps near your garden is that the insects are excellent pollinators because they feed on nectar and pollen primarily.


The problem is that wasps near the home can become aggressive if they are disturbed. The cons of having papers wasps near your home outweigh the gardening benefits. Paper wasps are not aggressive by nature, but if you approach the nest or try to remove it, papers wasps will attack. The sting is painful and can cause an allergic reaction in some people.


Innovative Pest Control offers expert service and attention to control stinging insects. The professionals have the skill and know-how to prevent nesting wasps and to exterminate stinging insects that are on your property. Call us now to find out which services are available to get rid of your stinging pests before someone gets hurt.


To prevent paper wasps from building nests, keep these tips in mind:

  • Look for wasp activity in door entrances, window sills, and under eaves.
  • Seal cracks, crevices, and holes around the perimeter of your home.
  • Treat exposed wood and siding.
  • If you see a wasp around your home, follow it. Prevent it from getting into areas and remove any hint of new construction.
  • Cover food and drinks when you are outside.
  • Set traps outside of your property.

Contact the professionals at Innovative Pest Control to learn how to prevent and control wasps at your home.

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