What Houston Property Owners Need To Know About Paper Wasps

January 27, 2021

Paper wasps are not the most dangerous pest here in Houston, nor are they the most aggressive, but they are extremely common. Known for nesting around properties in our area, these stinging insects often pose problems for locals and business owners alike. If you are looking for a way to keep these painful pests from settling down around your property, here are a few things you should know.

a paper wasp building a nest

What Do Paper Wasps Look Like?

Paper wasps are social insects that live in large colonies. Identify this insect by its ½ to 1-inch long body, reddish-brown to black color, six legs, two long thin wings, and a distinct yellowish ringed pattern.

How Paper Wasps Build Their Nests

Have you ever made anything out of paper mache? It is typically a tedious and messy endeavor that often results in a final product that is nothing like you imagined. If you don’t know what paper mache is, it is the process of dipping newspaper into a pulpy glue-like substance, draping it over a mold, and letting it dry into a hard exterior shell.

Paper wasps perform a very similar task when building their nests: by chewing up wood and spitting it back out, these pests form intricate nests that can house thousands of members. Around properties, paper wasps will construct these impressive nests on the sides of trees, under the eaves of roofs, and inside holes underground.

Are Paper Paper Wasps Dangerous?

Paper wasps do not seek out conflict, but they are dangerous. If you wander too close to one of their nests or interact with a paper wasp in a rough threatening way, you are likely to get stung. A sting from one of these pests is not typically life-threatening but does come with a fair amount of pain and discomfort. If you’re not sure whether you are allergic to venom or not, consult a doctor to find out for certain.

Paper Wasps Aren’t Just Dangerous

Even though they’re pests around properties, paper wasps are a huge help in keeping our natural world happy and healthy. Just like honey bees, these beneficial insects pick up and spread pollen. Unfortunately, this act does not outweigh the problems these pests pose around properties.

How To Discourage Paper Wasps From Your Property

There is no way to entirely prevent paper wasps, but there are many things you can do to deter these pests from settling down on your property. To do this, here are some things our experts recommend you try:

  • Keep shrubs and hedges around your property well-trimmed.
  • Mow your lawn short at least once a week.
  • Fill in holes around your property.
  • Clean up thoroughly after outdoor gatherings.
  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.
  • Pick up fruit that has dropped from trees around your property.
  • Consider removing budding plants such as flowers and fruit trees from your yard.
  • Use a caulking gun to seal up holes, gaps, and spacing around your home’s exterior.
  • Make sure your window and door screens are in good condition.

How To Handle A Paper Wasp Nest

If you find a small golf ball-sized nest on your property, check it to make sure no wasps are home and then carefully knock it down with a long broom. For any nests larger than a golf ball, the safest approach is to let Romney Pest Control help.

Our team has the safety equipment and tools needed to properly eliminate paper wasp nests for good. The last thing we want is for you to be attacked by these potentially life-threatening pests. Contact our team today to have your property treated for paper wasps.

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