Here we go again. More more MORE wasp nests! Since James isn't home right now, I decided I'd go around the house and take photos of ALL our wasp nests under the roof eaves. (He'd like to make them all disappear.) Oh, my, we DO have quite a healthy population!
So what is it about wasps that make most of us want to knock them down and even kill them? I debated the issue a little in a July 2012 post, "Uh oh, we may have a problem, NASA." That month, we did end up getting rid of that particular nest because the wasps had built it right over the garage door, and we were concerned that someone might get stung if the wasps got agitated.
To refresh, these are paper wasps, more specifically Polistes exclamans. Online, I found some interesting write-ups on the species, such as this one by Jim Conrad. According to his remarks, these wasps are definitely Polistes exclamans because the "distinguishing feature" are the orange tips on the wasps' brown antennae. (I blew up one of my photos and, sure enough, made out the orange-tipped antennae.)
When I have more time, I'd like to read and study the Polistes exclamans species account on iNaturalist.org. For now, I believe it's okay to leave our wasp nests alone. They feed on caterpillars and other insects. Oh, Jammmessssss!