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Paper Wasps & Hornets

Hundreds of bee and wasp species exist throughout the United States, many of which can be found in Maryland. While pollinators are highly beneficial for growing crops that humans depend on, they can also deliver a painful sting when threatened. Additionally, a bee sting can be quite dangerous for those with allergies. Similarly, paper wasps are protective stinging insects that will attack anyone who threatens their nest. They’re not an aggressive species and prefer to leave humans and animals alone, but if you come near their nest, they become vicious and may sting multiple times.

Types of Wasps

There are four species of wasp commonly found in Maryland:

  • European Paper Wasps: These wasps are commonly mistaken for yellowjackets due to their similar appearance. Paper wasps get their name because they collect fibers from dead wood and mix them with saliva to make papery nests.
  • Yellowjackets: Yellowjackets have the same black and yellow stripes as paper wasps. But yellowjackets have thicker bodies that taper less distinctly to a point than paper wasps. Yellowjackets build their nests underground, under house eaves, or within walls. Yellowjackets are dangerous to humans because they can sting repeatedly and trigger dangerous allergic reactions.
  • Eastern Cicada Killers: Eastern cicada killers are larger than paper wasps and yellowjackets. They are reddish-brown and yellow with brownish wings. Despite their large size, Eastern cicada killers are the most docile of the wasps in Maryland. They are unlikely to sting unless threatened.
  • European Hornets: European hornets have brown and yellow striped bodies and are larger than yellowjackets. They are social wasps and typically build their nests in hollowed-out trees or cavities in walls. Like most other wasps, European hornets are most likely to sting while defending their nests.

Wasp and Hornet Removal

The above information can help you identify and stay away from these insects, but because wasps always carry the risk of stinging, it’s not the best idea to try to remove the nests yourself. You may instead benefit more from contacting the professionals at On The Green, Inc.

Our technicians are trained to identify wasp nests, apply products to eliminate insects, and remove their nests. Don’t risk your family’s health and safety by trying to get rid of wasps and hornets yourself; trust the professionals instead.