Common Paper Wasp

Paper wasps may be seen favourably if gardening is a pastime of yours. Like many other social wasps, paper wasps eat a wide variety of garden nuisance insects. Unfortunate as it may be, paper wasps may also scrape wood from houses to make their nests and will nibble on fruits, ruining their look. Common Paper wasp are rarely hostile, but their stings can cause serious injury. Thus, their nests in or near people’s homes are a cause for concern.


Common paper wasps range in size from 5/8 inch to 3/4 inch in length. Some species have crimson markings, but most are brownish with yellow spots.

The Life of a Paper Wasp

Individual eggs are placed in cells, and the results in legless grub-like larvae going through a range of phases called “instars” before coming out from their cellular cocoons as grown adults. Cells don’t close off until the larvae have completed their development and pupated.

During the feeding, nest-building and protecting stages, sterile worker wasps play a vital role. Twenty to thirty adults will likely inhabit a fully developed Common paper wasp nest. Late summer is when queens stop laying eggs, signalling the beginning of the end for the colony. The queen’s fertile female progeny starts looking for winter quarters in the fall. Not all of the colonies could make it through the harsh winter.

Common Paper Wasp Habitats

All save the youngest queens die throughout the winter. Most paper wasps die over the winter. If they want to make it through the winter, queens will establish colonies in cracks in trees and walls. At the start of the nesting season in the spring, there are often many queens.

The new colony’s queen will compel order and labour. Wood-biting paper wasps build umbrella-shaped nests. These include shrubs, tree branches, porch ceilings, window and door frames, roof overhangs, attic rafters, and underneath decks, joists, or railings for concealment— Lower combs receive queen eggs.

Adult Paper wasps feed other insects and caterpillars to survive as larvae. In groups, larvae mature into adults. The nectar-loving paper wasps. Paper wasps that feel threatened sting aggressively. Paper wasp nests near homes often sting people.


Most late-season Common paper wasp workers die after the first harsh freeze. Leave wasp nests in natural areas away from dwellings to protect gardens from insects. Wasps swarming your property imply nests. Nests can be concealed under soffits, deck railings, and porch flooring.

Use an aerosol insecticide to spray the hornet and wasp nest. A wide variety of items are available at department stores and home improvement centres. To kill wasps, spray from 20 feet away at night when the wasps are home. 

Paper Wasps will be attracted to the nest if it is illuminated. Wearing long johns, a collared shirt, shoes, socks, and a cap will help you avoid the nest. Nests of extinct paper wasps must be removed to stop their resurgence. Wasps can’t get in because of all the screens and air vents.