There are 22 species of paper wasps throughout the U.S. These insects can be up to 1.25” long. They have dark brown, slender bodies, black wings and yellow markings. Paper wasps are sometimes confused with yellow jackets.
Paper wasps are considered beneficial insects as long as they don’t make their nests near people—such as homes, garages and barns. Paper wasps keep harmful insects in check and pollinate various plants.
Paper wasps live in gray, paper-like nests found in trees, on door frames, windowsills and leaves. Wasps make their nests from their saliva and plant parts.
Paper wasps sting some people may even have severe allergic reactions to the wasps’ venom. It’s never wise to dismantle a paper wasp nest on your own. Instead, call your local pest control company to take it down for you.