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Paper Wasps

Paper wasps are a type of social wasp found in North America.

They are named for their ability to build nests from paper-like materials, such as wood fibers and saliva. Paper wasps typically have slender, elongated bodies and can vary in color from yellow to brown to black, with some species having distinctive markings.

Paper wasps are beneficial insects as they help to control other pest populations, such as caterpillars and other insects that can damage crops and gardens. However, they can become a nuisance and pose a threat to humans when they build nests in or near homes, buildings, or high-traffic areas.

Paper wasps are known to be less aggressive than other types of wasps, but they will defend their nests if they feel threatened. If you encounter a paper wasp nest, it’s important to avoid disturbing it and to keep a safe distance. If you need to remove a paper wasp nest, it’s recommended to contact a professional pest control company, as attempting to remove a nest on your own can be dangerous.

To prevent paper wasps from building nests on your property, it’s recommended to seal any cracks or crevices in your home’s exterior and to keep outdoor garbage cans tightly closed. Additionally, it’s important to regularly inspect your property for signs of paper wasp activity and to remove any existing nests before they become a problem.
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