Paper Wasps

Paper Wasp

Where does the name come from?

The paper wasp gets its name due to the construction of their nests. Paper wasp nests are made with their saliva and combined with plant material and really do look as if to be made from paper. Their nests include numerous compartments, within which wasps lay their eggs and raise their young. These nests typically do not have an outer shell making the cells of the nest visible. It somewhat resembles an umbrella and depending where you are from may also be known as umbrella wasps. They love to build their nests in sheltered areas, such as door frames, window sills, around outdoor light fixtures and the eaves of houses.


Adult paper wasps generally feed on nectar and pollen. Although they also hunt for insects that are used to nourish their colonies’ larvae. As larvae develop into adults, they do their part and help assist in expanding the nest and taking care of future generations.  Something that people don’t realize is that paper wasps are actually considered beneficial. They assist in pollination by feeding on nectar, and they help control pest insect populations by feeding them to their larvae.

Are paper wasps beneficial?

Yes, but even though they are beneficial, nests should not be permitted to develop in or near the home structure. Stings from paper wasps are extremely painful and may cause serious reactions to people who are allergic to the venom.
If you do find a paper wasps nest (or any nest) developing on your homes structure, call a pest control professional.  Removing a paper wasp nest may be dangerous. Paper wasps generally only attack if they feel threatened. If you are messing with their nest or attempting to remove it, they just might feel threatened.

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