photo of paper wasps on nest

Paper wasps, bald-faced hornets, German yellow jackets, and cicada killers are the four main species of wasps living in the Mid-Atlantic region. Since all of these pests aggressively defend their homes, it is important for homeowners to recognize a wasp nest in the house, walls, or ground.

Paper Wasp Nests

Paper wasp nests are unique due to their location. The pests live inside enclosed spaces like lighting fixtures, bird boxes, and gas grills. A paper wasp nest is distinct due to its circular shape and honeycomb-like exterior.

Bald-Faced Hornet Nests

Aerial wasp nests shaped like footballs are a tell-tale sign of this insect. Bald-faced hornet nests usually occur at least three feet off the ground, are gray in color, and have a papery appearance. Bushes, trees, or roof eaves are often prime real estate for wasp nests built by bald-faced hornets.

German Yellow Jacket Nests

German yellow jackets build wasp nests in wall voids and tree holes high above the ground. Attics are a common location, and these nests are unusually large, growing as wide as five feet across. Residents should be cautious around a German yellow jacket’s wasp nest in the house as the pests quickly turn hostile.

Cicada Killer Nests

These pests build wasp nests in the ground and prefer areas with loose, dry soil. Cicada killer colonies construct entrances to their hideouts at the bases of trees as well as in flowerbeds or playground sand. Wasp nests built by cicada killers can weaken a patio’s structure and kill plants.

Control and Removal

Approaching a wasp nest invites danger. These stinging pests will go to great lengths to protect the colony. While the average sting is painful for most people, those with allergies may have life-threatening reactions. Contact the professionals at Western Pest Services to keep your property free from wasp nests.