Department of Entomology
CONTROLLING PAPER WASPS IN AND AROUND STRUCTURES
By: Stephen B. Bambara and Michael Waldvogel, Entomology Extension
|Insect Note - ENT/rsc-9|
| Paper wasps (Polistes
sp.) are long-legged, reddish brown to black insects with slender spindle-shaped
abdomens. They may have differing degrees of yellowish or brown striping.
They should not be confused with muddauber wasps which are dark blue/black
metallic wasps that build mud nests, and are not prone to sting. Paper wasps
occur throughout most of the temperate climates of the world. The adult
wasps typically prey on caterpillars and can be considered quite beneficial.
However, they will sting in defense of their nests. |
Wasps that somehow enter a dwelling may be swatted,
stepped on or vaccumed. For workers on towers or tall structure during
the spring, there is little relief. Fortunately, this is a seasonal problem
that will diminsh as the nests are established. Work may need to be scheduled
during cool temperatures. Workers should wear long sleeved shirts, long
pants, gloves and hat. A beekeeper's veil may be worn to protect the face
and neck, if this does not pose some sort of work hazard.
Pest information and control recommendations presented here were developed for North Carolina and may not be appropriate for other states or regions. Any recommendations for the use of chemicals are included solely as a convenience to the reader and do not imply that insecticides are necessarily the sole or most appropriate method of control. Any mention of brand names or listing of commercial products or services in the publication does not imply endorsements by North Carolina Cooperative Extension nor discrimination against similar products or services. All recommendations for pesticide use were legal at the time of publication, but the status of pesticide registrations and use patterns are subject to change by actions of state and federal regulatory agencies. Individuals who use chemicals are responsible for using these products according to the regulations in their state and to the guidelines on the product label. Before applying any chemical, always obtain current information about its use and read the product label carefully. For assistance, contact the Cooperative Extension Center in your county.
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