These nuisance pests are black and yellow in color. They build a paper nest that can get as large as a basketball usually beneath the ground. They can also nest in protected areas such: Trees and shrubs, sheds, porches, attics, wall voids, etc. The yellow jacket can be extremely aggressive and can sting repeatedly without provocation. The yellow jacket can commonly be found scavenging for human food at picnics, cookouts, and around garbage cans or dumpsters.
The Red Wasp is a slender, narrow-bodied insect with long legs. They are reddish-orange to dark brown color. Their paper nest is umbrella shaped and has hexagonal cells that are left open and visible. Red nests can often be found along eaves, window frames, porch ceilings, rafters, etc.