Tell unwanted pests to buzz off!
Most of us have at one stage run from an angry wasp. However most stings are received near the nest as the wasp is merely protecting their home. Paper wasps make their nest by chewing weathered wood and mixing it with saliva. This dries to a stiff papery form. A nest consists of a number of cup like cells, grouped together to form a comb. The comb is attached to a surface such as a branch, twig or rock face by one or more stalks or peduncles.
Paper wasps play a beneficial role by feeding their young on caterpillars and thus controlling these garden pests. However, when their nest is disturbed, they will swarm out, pursue the intruder and may inflict multiple stings. Stings from paper wasps are immediately painful and the site of the sting may remain itchy and swollen for days. Simply knocking down the nest is not enough to remove the wasps as they will usually rebuild in the same spot.