Paper wasps are usually dark brown with yellow markings and can be up to 1/2 of an inch long. They are scavengers and prefer proteins such as spiders, small insects and small animals.

Nests are made of paper-like combs and found hanging under eaves, door frames, soffits, deck rails, roofs, porches, trees, and shrubs. A mature paper wasp nest may have 20 to 30 adults.


Paper wasps attack when the nest is disturbed and each can sting repeatedly. The stings typically cause localized pain and swelling, but with sensitive individuals or when many stings occur, the whole body (systemic) effects can occur including allergic reactions.