Entomology (Study of Bugs)/paper wasp control


What suggestions can you offer to capture/eliminate paper wasps in a large indoor space?  There are hundreds inside our newly built but unfinished metal church building (insulation up but no sheetrock yet.  We spent Sunday service continuosly shooing them away from ourselves and each other - they seemed particularly fond of landing on heads (especially women's).  Are homemade traps I've seen described the answer?  There are hundreds congregated on the 24 ft ceiling, plus many swarming in the sunny windows.  Thanks for your help!

Dear Diane - If you Google the terms "yellow jacket traps", "wasp traps", hornet traps", or "wasp and hornet trap", you will find a very wide array of choices, and you can see if any would fit your needs. However, from your description of the problem, you may have to call in a specialist in wasp control. You can find a list of Montana pest control services at http://tinyurl.com/mpwtp8b, that site has filters so that you can select for specific services. Also, you can contact your county office of Montana's Cooperative Extension Service to see if they can offer any further suggestions, see http://tinyurl.com/l7zjk9q for links to contact information.

Hope this helps,

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Ed Saugstad


Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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