There are 4,000 different types of wasps just in the United States. Wasps are pests that are more active during the daylight hours and retreat to their nests during the night. Wasps are more commonly found flying around during the warm afternoon hours during late summer and early fall looking for food that will sustain their queen during the winter months. 

Bald Faced Hornet.
Bald Faced Hornet
Brown Paper Wasp.
Brown Paper Wasp
Yellow Jacket.
Yellow Jacket

Color: Black with a white patterned face

Size: ½”-5/8”

Shape: Long-wasp like

Wings: Yes

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

Bald Faced Hornet.
Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornets get their name from the large white patches found on their face. Their main predators are bears and raccoons. Bald Faced Hornets mainly feed on nectar and fruit juices and that is why they are attracted to things like juices and pops that humans consume. The queen Bald Faced Hornet starts a new nest every spring that is made of paper strips and loose bark by the worker bees. She will hide deep in the nest and will always be protected by the worker bees. The Bald Faced Hornet is a very aggressive wasp that is very protective of their nest. They have smooth stingers so that gives them the ability to sting their victim over and over without dying.  By the end of summer, their nest becomes the size of a basketball and can be found hanging from tree branches, utility poles, houses, etc. The Bald Faced Hornet does not reuse their nest year after year, but rather build a new one each summer.

 

Bald Faced Hornet are aggressive so products like Taurus SC are recommended as this product reduces the potential to irritate the hornets.

Paper Wasp

Color: Brownish with yellow markings

Size: 5/8”-3/4”

Shape: Wasp like with long legs

Wings: Yes

Antennae: Yes

Legs: 6

Region: Found throughout the United States

The Paper Wasp gets their name from the fact that their nest looks like it has been made of paper. The Paper Wasp is also called and Umbrella Wasp as their paper like nest also looks like an umbrella hanging from common places like eaves, rafters, porch ceilings, doorframes, etc. Paper Wasps are semi social pests as their colonies are smaller. There are 22 different kinds of Paper Wasps in the United States, but hundreds are known throughout the world. Paper Wasps feed on nectar, caterpillars, and flies. The queen Paper Wasp lays her eggs in the cells of the nest. The Paper Wasp is not an aggressive wasp but will defend their home if threatened or disturbed.

 

Paper Wasps have open nests and can easily be eliminated with Wasp X.  Preventative measures include spraying the eaves in spring with Taurus SC or Bifen.  These products will eliminate most nesting that may occur for up to  60 days.

Brown Paper Wasp.
Brown Paper Wasp

Yellow Jackets

Color: Black and yellow patterned bands

Size: 3/8”-5/8”

Shape: Wasp like

Wings: Yes

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

Yellow Jacket.
Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jackets are social wasps that live in colonies that can contain up to 4,000 workers. Yellow Jackets eat spiders and insects, but also like human foods like meats and sweets. Because of their taste for human foods, they can be found where humans are by building their nests near homes underground, in dark places, near garbage cans and in shrubs. A Yellow Jacket colony is only active for one year and will die in the fall. Yellow Jackets are very aggressive and will sting multiple times with their smooth stinger. Yellow Jacket nests are to be destroyed during night hours as the wasps become dormant during nighttime.

 

Yellow jacket nests can be treated in the evening with Delta Dust or sprayed with Taurus SC or Bifen to eliminate the colony.