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The common wasps are 12-20mm in size and have the characteristic yellow and black colouration on their head, thorax and abdomen. The queen wasp will emerge from hibernation in the spring and establish a new nest in one of a variety of places, from the Eaves of buildings, to holes in the ground. The nest may become well established through the year and may have up to 3000 workers at it's peak.
At the end of the year the queens produced will leave to over-winter, and the nest and workers will die off. The original nest will never be used again as it dries up and becomes unusable. If left untreated, the queen wasps will emerge in late autumn and possibly over winter in the immediate location that will increase the possibility of a nest the following year.
Wasps are natural and sometimes useful garden predators; they keep the populations of pests such as spiders, ants and other small insects down. However, they sometimes invade human habitats, and pest control is usually called in then.