- banded yellow or orange and black
- approximately 1/2 inch in size
- sometimes mistaken for honey bees, but lack the hairy body and are more intensely colored
- paper comb with surrounding envelope
- underground using existing hollows, such as those in children’s playground equipment
- insects, spiders, meats and sweets
- scavenge around dumpsters and trash containers
- the most important stinging insect in Colorado
- sting can cause an allergic reaction in some individuals
- Reduce nesting sites before early spring.
- Eliminate all food sources such as open garbage cans that provide food and moisture.
- Use baits and traps for control of yellow jackets in June and early July.
- If active nests are causing problems, destroy the nest with an insecticide labeled for wasps during late evening or cool periods in early morning.
European Paper Wasps (YouTube)