They are called Red Paper Wasps according to several sources.

How serious are red wasps? These wasp stings are usually painful!

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In some cases, their venom may provoke a serious allergic reaction.

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*A fallen wasp in our tech center

No thank you.

A Tuscaloosa company, known as Townsquare Media of Tuscaloosa, is the victim of this invasion.

According to Orkin, if they infest in populated areas, it is typically on a rooftop or Heating/Cooling system.

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*Another fallen wasp in the tech center

The potential allergic reaction is the scariest part of these nuisance red paper wasps in Alabama.

As a small boy, I ended up unknowingly disturbing a hornets nest. That didn't end well for yours truly.

Over 50 stings on my 7 year-old body and now I face a lifetime of carrying an EpiPen.

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*A fallen wasp in our 101.7 FM studio on the carpet

The frightening part of this story for me (and several others) is that I happen to work in this building on Skyland Boulevard which is the home of Townsquare Media of Tuscaloosa.

A fantastic media company with the TOP media brands in West Alabama.

WTUG-FM (92.9), WFFN-FM (95.3), WTID-FM (100.9), WQRR-FM (101.7), WTBC-AM/FM (100.1), WTUG-HD2 (97.5), WALJ-FM (105.1) and WTSK-AM/FM (93.3).

In addition, the #1 news source in Tuscaloosa, "The Tuscaloosa Thread", and their fine group of news-breaking journalists are also in the building.

Some folks might not be bothered at all by an invasion of red paper wasps, however I AM! I really would prefer NOT to have to come to work in a beekeeper suit.

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I love the south.

I'm well aware that living in the deep south means lots and lots of critters that fly and crawl.

I just think the workplace should be free of red paper wasps in my COFFEE MUG!

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*A fallen red paper wasp in MY coffee cup!

What about you? Has your place of work or home been under attack from anything with a stinger?

Let me know.

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