Paper wasps are between 1.8 to 2.5 cm. Due to the distinctive design of paper wasp nests, they are also sometimes called umbrella wasps. Paper wasps construct their water-resistant nests by mixing their saliva with the fiber that they gather from dead wood and plant systems. There are nearly 300 paper wasps species identified worldwide.
One interesting fact about paper wasps is that they possess facial recognition abilities just as humans or chimps do. According to an article in the National Geographic News, the “Polistes Fuscatus” species of paper wasps have the most extreme and unique facial recognition capability.
Paper Wasp Stings
Paper wasp stings can be dangerous. Unlike other wasps, these species attack only if they or their nests are threatened. A paper wasp sting can be more painful than the normal wasp stings and can produce potentially fatal chemical reactions in certain individuals. In the case of a paper wasp sting, if the allergic reaction is minor (local swelling, pain or itching) the best treatment is to wash the sting spot with an antibacterial gel to avoid infection and take a mild painkiller.
Major reactions to the sting generally include severe hives all over the body with itch, flushing of skin, swelling, nausea, increased heart rate, painful joints and anxiety. In case of a major reaction, immediate medical assistance is required to extract the venom out of the sting spot.
Paper Wasp Diet
Their regular diet is nectar and insects such as caterpillar, flies and beetle larvae. Known for removing garden pests, paper wasps are generally considered to be beneficial by gardeners.
Paper Wasp Removal
Though humans and paper wasps can co-exist peacefully, paper wasp removal is considered to be a safer option if you find a nest near your home or yard. The safest method of paper wasp removal is the use of a specialized chemical treatment.
Due to the high risk of getting stung when attempting to remove paper wasps nests, it is recommended that you hire a professional company to deal with bee and wasp nest removal. Magical Pest Control has over 15 years of experience safely removing bee and wasp nests to protect you and your family from potentially dangerous wasp stings.