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Paper Wasp
Vespidae
Polistes fuscatus
Type: Insect

Effect: Pest
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General information about Paper Wasp :

The two types of wasps most commonly seen attacking fruit are paper wasps and yellowjackets.

Both are social insects that build paper nests in a sheltered location –– under building eaves for paper wasps and in the ground, or building wall or attic for yellowjackets. The workers from the colony travel up to a few hundred yards from the nest while looking for food. In the early summer the wasps forage for caterpillars and other “meat” items and are beneficial predators. However, in the fall they prefer sweets such as soda pop, candy and the sweet juices of fruits and vegetables.

Paper wasps build the familiar umbrella shaped nests found hanging by a short stalk on the undersides of building eaves. Only a single tier of cells is constructed and there is no external covering over the nest. Each colony normally contains fewer than 25 wasps, but late in the season, the number may swell to over 100. Paper wasps are slightly longer and more slender than yellowjackets, and color is variable among the many species.

Yellowjackets and paper wasps are ecologically beneficial (they eat other insects) and they would be tolerated if the nest were in an out of the way location and if they did not feed on the fruit. Control options are limited and effectiveness varies, but in general the sooner wasp control measures are taken, the better. Insecticide sprays are not usually practical because spraying kills very few of the foraging workers and sprays are difficult to use because of harvest waiting intervals.

Discourage wasps and yellowjackets from feeding on ripe fruit by harvesting frequently and thoroughly. Pick as soon as fruit begins to ripen and remove all over–ripe and damaged fruit.

Paper wasps and hornets build above–ground nests on trees and buildings. Use a “wasp and hornet” aerosol spray specifically made for treating a distance of several feet. Retreat in 2 or 3 days if necessary. Yellowjacket nests in walls or in the ground can be destroyed by placing an insecticide dust (e.g., Sevin or permethrin) in the nest entrance during the night. Dusts are preferred to sprays that will soak into the soil. Dusts will remain on the tunnel surface to be picked up by passing wasps.

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Paper Wasp
Paper Wasp - September 14, 2009

Comment: Paper Wasp

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Breanna

Mississippi October 05, 2010
And this one is a male. The males have the long yellow faces and curly aentennae.
gardengeek
gardengeek
September 12, 2009
Paper Wasp
Vespidae
Polistes fuscatus

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