Summer is great, but the paper wasps that come with it are not! These stinging insects are about as common as ice cream and swimming pools during the warm weather months here in the Northeast. So let’s learn how to identify paper wasps, where paper wasps are commonly found, and how to get rid of paper wasps.

How to Identify Paper Wasps

There are several species of wasps, but let’s focus on the paper wasps we see in our local area. Common attributes include two wings, a narrowed waist, and black and yellow coloring. Paper wasps are typically around a half inch to an inch in length.

Where Paper Wasps are Commonly Found

During their daily travels, paper wasps are typically seen around flowers, plants, garbage cans and outdoor eating areas.

When it comes to their residence, paper wasps often build nests on the exterior of homes attached to gutters, eaves and soffits. Nests are also commonly found on the exterior of other structures such as sheds and barns.

How to Get Rid of Paper Wasps

When they feel threatened or are disturbed, paper wasps will sting. These stings are painful and can be dangerous to those who are allergic. So it is important to get rid of them as soon as you see them. Do not leave the nest alone just because it seems small and you only see one wasp, this is just the beginning and soon others will join and grow the nest. Paper wasps must be thoroughly and properly treated in order to evict them from your home.

If you suspect a paper wasp issue around your home, contact us today for a free inspection. Attention Pest Solutions offers wasp treatment for Saratoga County, Albany County, Washington County, Fulton County, Warren County, Schenectady County and Montgomery County.