Paper Wasp stings worse than a paper cut

Most, if not all of you, have experienced the stinging pain of a paper cut before. But what about the sting from a Paper Wasp? Fact is, you usually only get one paper cut that stings for a little while, and then you move forward with your day. However, you can receive the sting from a Paper Wasp multiple times, and potentially cause harm to your body.

ID Paper Wasp 2Paper Wasps can range in color from bright yellow to crimson red with black wings. They can grow up to an inch in length, and can be very aggressive when protecting their nests. These nests are formed by new colonies started by a queen wasp in the spring. These colonies will grow during the summer and peak in population during the fall season. The nests are made of paper-like combs that hang from a cellulose stem. They are often found under eaves, windows edges, etc. Paper Wasps feed on flower nectar, small insects, and are often found skimming water off the surface of pools.

How do you get rid of wasps, you ask? Paper Wasps are controlled by eliminating their nests.  Trapping the wasps can also be effective if the nests can’t be found. However, it can be dangerous and should be handled by a professional. If you have a wasp issue, feel free to call Essential today for help.

Research credit to the Handbook Of Pest Control Mallis Tenth Edition.

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