Papernest Wasps

  • Scientific Name: Polistes gallicus

Papernest Wasps

Scientific Name:

Polistes gallicus

How to identify a papernest wasp

Paper wasps have a small head, with medium sized eyes and medium length antennae. The body is slender, with a very narrow waist. There are two pairs of brown-tinted wings, with the first pair larger. The abdomen has some yellow/orange bands, but is mainly black. Recently, the introduced Asian Paper Wasp (Polistes chinensis) has been reported from several inner city suburbs of Sydney. This closely related species is larger than the native Polistes and tends to have more distinctive yellow and brown bands.

Where are papernest wasps commonly found?

Paper wasps live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.  

Why are papernest wasps considered a pest?

Paper wasps can deliver painful stings, but are not as aggressive as European Wasps. They normally only attack humans if their nest is disturbed. If stings are multiple, a more severe systemic reaction may occur.

What is the biology and lifecycle of a papernest wasp?

Paper wasps form small colonies, and make paper nests under tree branches and the eaves of houses. The nests are shaped like inverted cones, and consist of a cluster of hexagonal cells made from wood fibre mixed with saliva. The wasp larvae are maggot-like and develop inside the papery cells of the nest.

PRODUCT SOLUTIONS FOR Papernest Wasps

Each pest control product is registered for use in specific environments, situations, pest life stages and other key factors. Please always consult the product label for detailed information about how to use each product.

Seclira WSG Insecticide
400g/kg Dinotefuran

Seclira® WSG insecticide is a non-staining, odourless, broad spectrum, general insect control product for indoor and outdoor use.

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Biflex Aqua Max Insecticide and Termiticide
100g/L Bifenthrin

Biflex AquaMax is the first ever Professional Strength, multi-insecticide and termiticide. Effective on a wide range of common household pests and all termite species in Australia.

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Biflex Mikron Insecticide
64g/L Bifenthrin, 53g/L Acetamiprid

Biflex Mikron Insecticide provides lightning fast control and enduring residual protection from the powerful combination of two active ingredients in a cutting-edge microemulsion formulation.

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Biflex Ultra Lo-Odour 100EC Termiticide & Insecticide
100g/L Bifenthrin, 533g/L Liquid Hydrocarbons

Biflex Ultra-Lo-Odour Termiticide and Insecticide is a cost-effective, broad spectrum, long residual, liquid insecticide and termiticide for use as an internal and external treatment of a wide range of pests.

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Fury 120 SC Insecticide 1L
80g/L Bifenthrin, 40g/L Alpha-Cypermethrin

Fury 120 SC Insecticide is specifically formulated to create a superior, longer-lasting strength general insecticide that works in two powerful ways to rid your clients of all general household pests.

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PCO Bifenthrin 100EC (Low Odour)
100g/L Bifenthrin

PCO Bifenthrin 100EC (Low Odour) is formulated for the protection of structures from subterranean termite damage and for the control of termites and a range of other urban pests.

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PCO Bifenthrin 100SC
100g/L Bifenthrin

PCO Bifenthrin 100SC is formulated for the control of a range of urban interior and exterior pests, for the control of mosquitoes, biting midges and flies by forming Residual Surface Treatments on a range of urban interior and exterior situations, for protection of structures from subterranean termite damage and for the control of termites.

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Demand Duo Insecticide
38g/L Lambda-Cyhalothrin, 125g/L Thiamethoxam

Demand Duo Insecticide is a unique ZC formulation containing two different actives. It is registered for the control of  pests including ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, flies, portuguese millipedes, paper wasps, spiders and more.

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Antagonist PRO Insecticide 1L
80g/L Bifenthrin

ANTagonist PRO insecticide is a suspension concentrate formulation containing a Polymer Enhanced Synthetic Pyrethroid approved for the treatment of ants, spiders, wasps, cockroaches, mosquitoes, midges, fleas, flies, ticks, termites and turf pests including lawn armyworms, sod webworms, argentine stem weevil, billbug, African black beetle, ants and ornamental pest including mites, aphids, caterpillars, loopers, earworm, budworm, light brown apple moth, whitefly, mealybug, thrips and cutworms.

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Maxum PRO 125 SC Insecticide 500mL
125g/L Beta Cyfluthrin

MaxumPRO is a robust, fast-acting, knock-down, broad spectrum insecticide for general insect control in domestic and commercial situations, as well as for the control of pest insects of turf and ornamental plants.

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Biforce 100SC Termiticide and Insecticide
100g/L Bifenthrin

Biforce 100SC Termiticide & Insecticide is a water-based termiticide for pre and post construction management of termites inside and out and for general perimeter application of most crawling insects.

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Biforce 200SC Termiticide and Insecticide
200g/L Bifenthrin

Biforce 200SC Termiticide & Insecticide is a professional strength water-based termiticide for pre and post construction management of termites inside and out.

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WaspJet Pro Aerosol Spray 400g
2.5g/kg Cyphenothrin, 2.5g/kg d-Tetramethrin

WaspJet Pro is an aerosol spray designed for the outdoor control of wasps in domestic, commercial and industrial areas. WaspJet Pro Aerosol Spray allows you to tackle wasp nests with confidence.

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Agrisense Liquid Lure Bait 250mL

Agrisense Liquid Lure Bait is a non-toxic specially formulated liquid bait that is particularly attractive to European Wasp & some species of Paper Wasps. It is designed for use in a fly and wasp dome-style trap.

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