What is a paper wasp and will it sting?
You may notice a long, skinny wasp flying around the windows inside of your home looking a bit “lost”. That’s usually a paper wasp that is looking for their way out. Although they have no interest in stinging you, they will sting…painfully, we might add, if someone is near their nest.
Paper wasps mate in the fall and are now searching for a good place to start a new colony. Nests can typically be found under eaves, around outdoor air conditioning units, mailboxes, decks, swing sets, attics, and window sills. A paper wasp nest houses less paper wasps than a yellow jacket nest or hornets nest but there may be more paper wasp nests per property.
The nest of a paper wasp is easily identifiable. It looks like an upside down umbrella hanging from a small stalk. The nest has many visible tubes and looks like it’s made up of brown and grey paper.
It’s important to be able to identify a paper wasp nest so you can steer clear. Paper wasps can deliver a pretty painful sting when their nest is approached. Don’t risk your health and safety, or those of your family, by trying to get rid of the nest on your own. Call Northwest Exterminating to professionally remove the paper wasp nest from your property!