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Picture of the Week: European Paper Wasps & Peterson Boxes

European Paper Wasp in bluebird nestbox
European Paper Wasp nest – photo by Bet Zimmerman Smith. Click here for full resolution version.

European Paper Wasps ((Polistes dominulus) are introduced, and can be a major pest in nestboxes. They like to build nests in the indentation underneath the floor of a Peterson style nestbox. To prevent nest construction, simply stuff crumpled up silver foil, a plastic bag, or a paper towel in the indentation. See more tips for identifying, deterring and dealing with paper wasp invasions.

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