Paper wasps are large (1-inch long), slender wasps with long legs and a distinct, slender waist. Background colors vary, but most western species tend to be golden brown, or darker, with large patches of yellow or red.
Preferring to live in or near orchards or vineyards, they hang their paper nests in protected areas, such as under eaves, in attics, or under tree branches or vines. Each nest hangs like an open umbrella from a pedicel (stalk) and has open cells that can be seen from beneath the nest. Paper wasp nests rarely exceed the size of an outstretched hand and populations vary between 15 to 200 individuals.
Most species are relatively un-aggressive, but they can be a problem when they nest over doorways or in other areas of human activity, such as fruit trees. Call Clark if you are experiencing a problem with paper wasps on your property, our Pest-Away pest control service will take care of it.