Different Kinds of Wasp Nests

Bee nest - Wasp nest removal Orange CountyMost of us aren’t too interested in bees and wasps. The only thing we want is for them to stay away from us and our property. However, to a trained eye, just a look at the wasp’s nest can help identify the species that is bugging you. This, in turn, makes it so much easier to prepare for the specific conditions which may apply. For instance, yellow jackets are infinitely more aggressive than paper wasps, and their stings hurt a whole lot more as well. It is good to be prepared. This is why we offer this helpful description of various bee habitations. Be warned that wasps and bees are aggressive when defending their home. Wasp nest removal in Orange County should be left to professionals with ample experience and appropriate equipment.

Most social wasps tend to build their nests out of wood and saliva, creating a paper-like substance as the building material. You can actually be pretty sure there are wasps nearby if you notice shallow, irregular grooves in wood surfaces, such as fences and sheds. Some other species choose to use the pre-existing holes abandoned by rodents or other animals. Still, the paper nest is most commonly associated with wasps. But even then, there are some noticeable architectural differences between the species. 

Paper wasp nest

Paper wasps are sometimes dubbed ‘umbrella wasps’. This name is due to the unique design of their nests. Their common name suggests that they use the aforementioned paper-like substance to build. Their nests have the familiar umbrella-shaped design which is usually found under the eaves of houses or other buildings. The papery material is waterproof, which reinforces the ‘umbrella’ in their name. The nests have open hexagonal cells and are usually small, with colonies numbering somewhere between 5 and 30 adult wasps.

Yellow jackets

Yellow jackets, unlike paper wasps tend to build large nests, since their colonies number in the thousands, sometimes up to 5000 individuals. The differences don’t end there, since the yellow jacket nest is usually hidden away. Sometimes they choose walls of our homes for their nest site, which brings them in contact with us. If there is a live yellow jacket nest in your walls, or anywhere on your property, you shouldn’t try to handle it alone, but hire professional help to dispose of it.


Hornets are usually larger than their other cousins, but they can also be easily identified by their nests. Some hornet species choose hollow tree trunks for their nests, and they usually aren’t a big problem, as they are rarely in contact with humans. If, however, they choose to nest near humans, in the open, their nests are instantly recognizable. As they form around a circular central formation, they usually take a form of a ball, or more commonly a football, slightly elongated. They tend to favor the closed nest arrangement, so the outsides are smooth and made from the same papery substance as those made by paper wasps and yellow jackets.

Mud nest builders

However, not all wasps harvest wood to build papery nests. Some species aren’t well suited for this task, so they choose different materials. Some species, such as potter wasps, use mud as a substitute. As a general rule, these are solitary wasps and they build small nests. Potter bees make very small nests, in the shape of a pot. They tend to be about the size of a golf ball. Other species of mud wasps create similarly small nests as well.

No matter which wasp species is giving you trouble, their formidable stingers and venom should give you pause. Bee Busters is a company which specializes in wasp nest removal in Orange County. Contact Bee Busters today for further information.