Paper Wasp

Category: Stinging

Scientific Name: Polistes spp.



Color: Brown with yellow markings

Size: 16-20 mm long

Region: Found throughout the United States

Lifespan: 12-22 days

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Important Considerations:

  • Not only are paper wasp stings painful, they can be highly dangerous to people who are allergic.
  • Paper wasps are highly aggressive when disturbed.
  • Like all kinds of wasps, paper wasps will sting multiple times. If they see you as a threat, they will continually sting you until you leave the area.


Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Paper wasp nests are often found in areas such as attics, door frames, window sills, wall voids, and eaves of homes. These wasps are easily identified by their umbrella-like shape. The wasps frequently swarm around or near their nest, so the nest can usually be found by following the swarm.