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Paper Wasps Can Stick Around During Winter

Paper Wasps Can Stick Around During Winter

Paper Wasps Can Stick Around During Winter

Paper Wasps Can Remain All Winter Long Have you ever seen a wasp flying around your house in the dead of winter and thought, “Where in the world did that come from?” If that is the case, you are not alone; especially if you live in a state in the middle of the Atlantic or the Midwest. The kind of insect you saw probably was a paper wasp, which gets its name from the material that looks like paper it uses to build its nests.

The majority of people believe that wasps die off during the winter, so worker paper wasps begin to die off in the early fall. However, some females, those who are destined to become the new colony’s queens, look for a safe place to spend the winter. Their internal clock tells them that it is time to look into various harborage sites before the first hard frost, which could be under logs, between deck floor joists, inside chimneys, behind siding, or around the tops of window and door frames.

Female paper wasps are also notorious for entering homes as paper wasps. When they’re looking for places to spend the winter, they get in through tiny cracks near the roofline. Once inside, paper wasps frequently hide in warm attics or in gaps in walls. They go into diapause there, which stops their development during the coldest months. This means that homeowners won’t likely see them until spring, unless there is an unusually warm period. During this time, the wasps become active once more and look for a way to escape and go back outside to start a new nest. The wasps may then enter the main living areas of the house, where they are visible to the people who live there.


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