Pest Guide: European Paper Wasp

European Paper Wasps: What to Know

European paper wasps are an invasive species first discovered in the United States in 1981 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, they have spread across the United States and displaced native yellowjackets, as they are somewhat more aggressive. While these wasps are pests, they do offer some benefits to homeowners, making it important to manage them with professional assistance.

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How to Identify a European Paper Wasp Infestation

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Known for their dramatic body black and tallow coloring, narrow waists, and aggressive-looking bodies, European paper wasps are hard to miss. They tend to build colonies around a central queen, who may have several other females who assist her. These wasps build paper colonies under overhangs, in electrical boxes, under balconies, in between gaps in your walls, and anywhere they can find shelter. They're highly resourceful and can sting pets, you, or others if left to multiply.


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Working with an exterminator to remove a European paper wasp colony is best. They can sting you or escape if you try to remove them alone. Colonies typically build new nests yearly but may return to the same place, making it possible to re-infest an area if dispersed.

European paper wasps are mildly dangerous. If someone has allergies, they can sting, and it could lead to a health emergency. However, these wasps aren't as aggressive as some other species. They're unlikely to disturb you unless disturbed.

European paper wasp adults feed caterpillars and similar pests to their young, while adults feed off nectar. This makes them beneficial species to have around, and why working with an exterminator to eliminate them is the best option for your home and the environment.

Tips for Preventing European Paper Wasps

  • Keep food and garbage covered: European paper wasps are attracted to food, so it's important to keep your outdoor dining areas clean and free of crumbs and spills. Make sure your garbage cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent wasps from getting in.
  • Seal cracks and openings: Check the exterior of your home for any cracks or openings and seal them up to prevent wasps from entering.
  • Trim trees and shrubs: These wasps often build their nests in trees and shrubs, so it's a good idea to trim back any overgrown branches that are close to your home.
  • Avoid wearing bright colors and fragrances: Bright colors and fragrances can attract wasps, so it's best to avoid wearing them when you're spending time outside.
  • Professional pest control treatments usually include applying dusts and other materials to deter wasps from building nests.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate European Paper Waps

European paper wasps can be painful. My Pest Pros technicians can help to treat, remove and prevent wasps and other pests. We use EPA-approved products and safety equipment to quickly eliminate the wasps so your family can feel safe again around your Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland home.

Our trained professionals can provide an effective treatment plan to help deter European paper wasps and other pests with our preventative care programs.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution to get rid of the wasps and other stinging pest problems, today and tomorrow.

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