This will be our 4th season of hanging paper bags stuffed with plastic grocery bags in an effort to cut down on our wasp population. The wasps actually think these bags are hornets’ nests. The bags don’t prevent wasps from flying around but they discourage them from building nests near bags. We hang a couple on our porch, lots in the garage, one by the back door and at attic vents. We recommend you try this ASAP because the wasps have a head start. Please let us know if they make a difference for you too!
Here is a polistes wasp, also called a paper wasp. They are the most common wasp in North America and the inspiration for our hornets’ nest bags. Polistes are not aggressive but they do like to build nests around human habitations. Their nest is a lovely, delicate-looking paper structure that reminds me of a tiny slice of a bee hive.