Locating And Identifying Nests Of Wasps And Hornets
Paper wasps vary in size and color depending on the species. They can have markings that range from an overall reddish-brown to black and yellow stripes. Paper wasps make their nests by chewing wood and splitting it into complex structures. Nests are commonly found under the eaves of homes and look like walled, hexagonal tubes.
Although they are called hornets, bald-faced hornets are, in fact, a species of wasp closely related to yellow jackets. They share some of the yellow jacket’s aggressive tendencies and have a terribly painful sting. The bald-faced hornet is relatively large with a length of up to 3/4 of an inch. They have shiny black bodies with contrasting white markings on the head and abdomen.
Bald-faced hornets make their nests by chewing up old wood into paper. Their nests have a distinctive upside-down pear shape with an entry hole near the bottom. Nests can be very large, often between two and three feet in length. While they will usually nest in trees, bald-faced hornets will sometimes nest under the slide of a children’s playset or on the side of a building.