Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Polistes spp.
How to Identify a Paper Wasp

Paper wasps are 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch long. They are black with yellowish to white in the face and have no hairs. They have long legs that hang in flight and an abdomen that gradually slopes at the anterior end.

They appear longer and more slender than yellow jackets. 

Where Do They Come From

Paper wasps are social insects who’s colony dies off every fall, but fertilized queens will overwinter. Queens start new colonies every spring that will grow throughout the summer months.

Their nests can be found on building eaves, play equipment, benches, any hollow pipe, etc. or in plants and trees. Their nest is open, umbrella shaped with all wasps exposed. 

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Paper wasp on its nest

Why Are They Significant

Paper wasp nests pose a serious health risk to humans, but they are not as aggressive as yellow jackets or hornets. 

Learn more by reading our blog post: Stinging Insect Guide: Bees, Hornets, & Wasps in Utah. 


Polistes spp.


Insects, nectar


Health risk

Tips & Tricks

Paper wasp on its nest

What To Do About Wasps

  • Monitor for wasp nests from early summer through fall.
  • Purchase and use a bee veil, suit and gloves.
  • Minimize nesting habitat around property.
  • Install tight-fitting screens in windows.
Paper wasp on its nest with larvae

How To Remove Nest

  • Wear protective bee veil, suit and gloves.
  • Early in the morning, crush the nest and remove it.
  • Clean nest area with soap and water to remove pheromones or else wasps will build another nest in the same place.

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How To Control

Pests can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to pest control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the pest, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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