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Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow Jackets Part One – What does a Wasp Look Like?

Wasps Can Be a Menace to Your Home
Wasps Can Be a Menace to Your Home

Stinging insects keep our Monmouth County pest control professionals busy during summer. While many bees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets have stingers, some of these species are capable of delivering stings that are much more powerful and painful than others.

How can you tell what kind of stinging pest you have on your property? We’ll help you learn the difference between hornets, paper wasps and yellow jackets. Let’s start off with how to identify wasps.

Physical Appearance

Unlike bee species, Paper wasps have thin bodies with no hair. They also have a stinger that does not fall off. Instead, paper wasps can deliver multiple stings at a time.

Nesting Habits

Paper wasps build nests under eaves and in other areas that provide them with some protection. These open paper nests typically resemble an umbrella. Paper wasps have colonies that normally consist of less than 100 insects, which is smaller than hornet and yellow jacket colonies.


Paper wasps feed on live insects. Unlike yellow jackets and some bee species, they are not drawn to sweet foods and drinks that people leave outside. While this makes them less of a nuisance to those who are outside, these insects can still sting when provoked or threatened.

If you have stinging wasps on your property, our Monmouth County pest control experts are here to help. Contact Allison Pest Control for safe and effective wasp removal.

Need Help For Wasps In Monmouth County, New Jersey?

There are many different types of wasps.  Wasps are considered to be beneficial insects as they prey upon many other types of insects that destroy plants around homes and in agricultural areas. Due to their painful and life-threatening sting, they are also considered to be a pest when their nest threatens human territories.

Most wasps are social creatures that build their nests above or below ground. Depending on the wasp species, you will find colonies hanging from branches, attached to the eaves or soffits of a structure, or another area where the queen feels safe from harm.

Paper-like nests are created by hornets, paper wasps and yellow jackets. These exterior based nests are easy to recognize as they are shaped like a balloon or umbrella with an entrance/exit hole at the bottom. The nest is constructed by worker wasps that use bits of wood pieces that are chewed up and mixed with their saliva. The paste that is formed is then meticulously placed on the nest to help make the nest larger and help keep the larvae and queen safe from predators and the elements. Inside of a paper type nest, there are many different cells in which the queen is able to lay her eggs in. Despite the extensive construction work, each paper nest is only used for one season and then abandoned.

Once the weather begins to turn cold (around 50 degrees), wasps have difficulty flying and food supplies become scarce. Existing queens and new queens will head underground or find another place to overwinter until it is time to emerge the following spring.

Wasp venom is the #1 reason that people seek help from emergency rooms across the United States. If you have a wasp nest at your home or business, contact a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional for expert removal of these dangerous creatures.