Friday FAQ: How Do I Know if I Have a Wasp Nest on My Property?

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Friday FAQ: How Do I Know if I Have a Wasp Nest on My Property?

Welcome to another edition of our Friday FAQ series! Wasps can be a nuisance, especially during the warmer months when they are most active. If you’re noticing more wasps around your home, you might be wondering if you have a wasp nest on your property. In this post, we'll explain how to identify a wasp nest and what to do if you find one.

Signs of a Wasp Nest

1. Paper-Like Structures

One of the most obvious signs of a wasp nest is the presence of a paper-like structure. Wasps create their nests by chewing wood fibers into a pulp, which gives the nest its characteristic papery appearance. These nests can vary in size and shape but are typically found in sheltered areas such as:

  • Under eaves

  • In trees

  • Inside sheds or garages

  • Under decks

  • In wall cavities

2. Increased Wasp Activity

Another sign that you might have a wasp nest on your property is increased wasp activity. If you notice more wasps flying around a specific spot or a steady stream of wasps entering and exiting a particular area, it's a strong indicator that a nest is nearby. Pay attention to areas such as:

  • Near gutters and rooflines

  • Around trees and bushes

  • Close to outdoor structures like sheds and playhouses

Common Types of Wasps and Their Nests

Paper Wasps

Paper wasps build open, umbrella-shaped nests that hang from a single stalk. These nests are usually found under eaves, in attics, or in other sheltered locations. Paper wasps are generally less aggressive than other types but will defend their nest if threatened.


Yellowjackets often build their nests in the ground or in wall cavities. Their nests can house thousands of wasps and are usually more concealed. Yellowjackets are known for their aggressive behavior, especially when their nest is disturbed.


Hornets build large, football-shaped nests that are often found in trees or large shrubs. These nests can be quite large and are usually well-protected by the surrounding foliage. Hornets are very aggressive and can pose a significant threat if their nest is approached.

What to Do If You Find a Wasp Nest

Do Not Disturb

If you discover a wasp nest, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Wasps can become very aggressive when their nest is threatened, and multiple stings can be dangerous.

Contact a Professional

The safest way to handle a wasp nest is to contact a professional pest control service. At Paragon Pest Control, we have the experience and tools necessary to safely and effectively remove wasp nests from your property.


Identifying a wasp nest on your property is crucial for maintaining a safe environment. Look for paper-like structures in sheltered areas and watch for increased wasp activity. If you find a nest, contact a professional to handle the removal safely.

For professional wasp control services, contact Paragon Pest Control. We proudly serve Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Garland, Frisco, McKinney, Carrollton, Richardson, Lewisville, Mansfield, Weatherford, Aledo, Benbrook, and more. Call us at (972) 435-9797 or visit to schedule your service and keep your home wasp-free.