Northern or Paper Wasp: 3/4 to 1-inch long
Bald-faced hornets: 3/4-inch long
Wasp and hornets are not lawn destroying pest,
though they can be a nuisance or even a hazard to some. Although they
are beneficial by feeding on many crop and lawn destroying pest, their
stingers can pose a problem to homeowners or property managers. They
If they construct their nest in a location that
is not bothered, control may not be necessary. The workers (with an
exception to yellow and black dominulus paper wasp) are annual pest
and the nest will not be reused the following year. They will die
off in the winter and homeowners can safely knockdown the hive at
that time and dispose of it.
A fertile queen wasp or hornet does not over
winter in the nest; she will find a sheltered spot such as a house,
log, bark of a tree, etc. and reemerge in April or May to find a new
location for her nest. The queen builds a small paper nest for the
eggs and in June adult workers (the offspring) emerge to aid in food
gathering, protection of the hive, and expansion of the hive. Northern
or paper wasp prefer locations out of the rain: window sills, eaves,
under railings, etc.
These wasp and hornets have a lance-like stinger
and can deliver multiple stings without the risk of losing their stinger.
the best protection is to remain calm and move slow when facing down
one of these pest. Fast movement will often provoke them and you may
be stung. Avoid wearing bright colors, shiny jewelry, and scented
perfumes (including shampoos and soaps) as this will attract them.
There are species of stinging insects (bees,
yellow jackets, hornets, wasps) that will make their nest underground.
If you have these pest on your property and they are becoming a nuisance,
there are products available to treat specifically for stinging insects
in the ground. Read and follow all label instructions carefully. Grounds
Services can also treat for these pest.
If control is needed, insecticide can be applied.
Homeowners can find products labeled for wasps and hornets - please
read and follow all label instructions. Grounds Services can also
apply products to target these pest. If you have any questions or
need to schedule a technician visit, contact us at
Honey bee populations are declining
and these bees are a protected species in Ohio. If you have a honey
bee colony on your property help protect them. If they are a nuisance,
In NW Ohio, Mr. Edwin "Fritz" Garing with Ohio Dept. of Ag
In SE Michigan, Dennis Holly with Michigan Beekeepers Association -
Keep the property clean of food debris as this may attract wasp, hornets
and yellow jackets.