A large papery layered nest of black wasps with a thin yellow band on the
abdomen (paper wasps) has appeared in the corner of my kitchen window. I've
let them continue building it (it is a little smaller than a soccer ball)
partially because I can see into it from the inside of the window and find
their activities fascinating, and partially because I am not sure whether or
not to remove it --and if so, then how without pesticides.
Do paper wasps serve any beneficial purpose on the land or do they pose a
potential danger? Are they neutral and therefore could be left alone? Could
they swarm if their numbers grow too big? (The insect books are not helpful
here and generally view nonpollinating bees and wasp nests as a de facto
nuisance) I haven't noticed them doing much of anything other than tending
their young and building, building, building.
If I would be wise to remove it, perhaps an obnoxious, constant vibration on
the inside of the glass against their nest would do it? Any other non-chemical
options? Do I need a bee suit? :)
thanks in advance for your help!
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