Paper Wasps

Actual Size: 1″

Characteristics: Various colors. Legs hang in flight.


  • Moderately aggressive.
  • Nest is exposed like an upside-down umbrella, usually under eaves, cedar shake, and protected areas.


Despite there being more than 22 species of paper wasps in the U.S., most of them are a brownish color with yellow markings and are often confused for yellow jackets. Paper wasps are most easily identified by their nests, which appears like an upside-down paper cone that hangs from a horizontal surface in a shaded, protected location. Like other types of wasps, paper wasps feed on insects, spiders, and the like.

Paper Wasp Habitat

Paper wasp nests are known to look like upside-down umbrellas and have a papier-mȃché feel to them. Unlike yellow jackets, paper wasp nests are somewhat open and not completely covered. Nests can most often be found either on tree branches or under eaves, attic rafters, and porch ceilings. Because nests can be built directly on a home, these wasps have been known to make their way indoors through holes in attic vent screens or underneath shingles.

Behaviors of Paper Wasps

Similarly to mud daubers, paper wasps are considered to be beneficial to the environment for keeping the insect population under control. They also assist in pollination by feeding on nectar. Paper wasps are considered aggressive and have been known to sting repeatedly when threatened. For this reason, it’s important to never disturb their nest. Stings can be extremely painful, which is why you should leave it up to a professional to control paper wasp infestations in or near your home.

The Pest Defense Solutions Solution

Although most insects are environmentally beneficial, it can be difficult to coexist peacefully when they invade your personal space. Bees and wasps can be dangerous to people and often destructive to homes and other structures.

Pest Defense Solutions will safely and carefully eliminate bees or wasps and their nests from your home or property. Exposed nests may be removed on the day of service depending on the activity and size of the nest. In other cases, we’ll come back on a day when it is safer to remove the nests. In addition, we will create a full report describing the treatment and how you can protect your home from further infestation.

What happens if bee or wasp nests form again? Don’t worry. Our year-round pest control program, which covers 36 common pests, will ensure your home and property are protected throughout the entire year.

For a free estimate or to schedule stinging pest removal service, contact us today!