Wasps are generally identified by their yellow and black striped pattern and curved abdomen. Their nests are also easy to recognise as they look like grey paper and hang from a high place. Trees, rafters, overhangs and porch roofs are common places to find a nest. The nest serves as a home base for the colony. A queen begins the colony and every worker wasp and soldier wasp comes from her. The colony growth rate is very rapid.
The sting of a single wasp is only dangerous to those with allergies to the venom implanted during the sting. However, since wasps work and live as a colony, they act as one in defence of their home. Disturbing a wasp nest can result in life threatening events as the whole colony except the queen will join the defence act. This is what makes them so dangerous. Only a well trained professional should disturb a nest.
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