Twenty-two species of paper wasps have been identified in North America. (wikipedia)
The best that I can tell I have been blessed or cursed with 4 different species of paper nest building wasp. I hear people calling them Yellow wasp, Yellow jackets, Red wasp and a few names that I can’t use on a PG rated blog!
I find nest of the common Yellow jacket wasp, European yellow wasp, and 2 different types of Red paper wasp. The Red paper nest building wasp are my enemy! Simply put have a really crappy attitude and will attack you or your pets for no known reason.
:-( Unlike bees, that can only sting you once, wasp can sting you many times.
When I discover nesting sites containing red wasp I go into chemical warfare mode and spray the nest with wasp killing chemicals.
Once you have located their nest, wait until night fall after all the wasp have returned to the nest for the night. Carefully approach the nest. Using Hornet/Wasp killing spray, spray the wasp and nest. While wearing heavy rubber gloves, remove the nest. Burn the nest or squash their nest under foot to kill any larva contained in the nest cells.
The same procedure is also effective early in the morning before the wasp have warmed up and leave the nest for the day feeding and being a real pest to animals and people.
All Wasp are not the bad guys. Most wasps are beneficial and are critically important in natural biocontrol. Paper wasps feed on nectar and other insects, including caterpillars, flies, and beetle larvae. Because they are a known pollinator and feed on known garden pests, paper wasps should be considered beneficial to a healthy garden.
Wasp feed on a wide variety of caterpillars including corn earworms, armyworms, loopers, and hornworms that are used as food to feed paper wasp young.
Caution Paper wasps will sting if they are disturbed or their nest is threatened. Wasp stings are painful and can cause an allergic reaction as can other insect (bee) stings.
I have found paper wasp nest under lawn mowers, on the bottom wire of barbwire fences, under house eaves, in the rafters of little used out buildings, under porch decks. You can never be sure that wasp have not build a nest near you, your house or your garden.
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