Paper wasp identification for pest control in ME, MA, and NH

Paper Wasps

Appearance

Adults are about 5/8 – 3/4 inch long. They are usually brownish with yellow markings, though some have been known to have reddish markings.

Habitat

Paper wasps will hang their comb nests from branches, twigs, and shrubs. These wasps will sting if these nests are approached or tampered with. You can find nests hung from windows, door frames, eaves, attic rafters, decks, or railings.

Diet

Paper wasps feed on sweet nectar and other soft-bodied insects.

Reproduction

Paper wasps are social and their life revolved around the paper nest that is characteristic of the insects in this group.