Wasps are sociable insects (just not to humans), living in colonies of up to 10,000 workers. They build their paper nests in sheds, lofts, garages, disused animal burrows and just about anywhere in between.
1. When a wasp stings or is killed the ‘smell’ of its venom causes other wasps to become more aggressive and home in on the area.
2. To make a nest, wasps chew wood from fences and sheds this is chewed into a paste-like pulp mixed with their saliva. The pulp is then formed into hexagon-shaped paper cells, the Queen will then lay an egg into each cell.
3. Wasp nests can hold up to 10 thousand individuals at the peak of summer, however, nests of such size are uncommon.
The average nest holds between 3000 - 6000
4. A female wasp can sting several times unlike a bee which can only sting once