Most of these are black and yellow, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging.

Workers are sometimes confused with honey bees, especially when flying in and out of their nests. Wasps, in contrast to honey bees, are not covered with tan-brown dense hair on their bodies, they do not carry pollen, and do not have the flattened hairy hind legs used to carry it.

Wasp nests usually last for only one season, dying off in winter. The nest is started by a single queen, called the “foundress”. Typically, a nest can reach the size of a basketball by the end of a season.

It can cost from £30 up to £100 to have a wasp nest removed by the local council or by a pest control company.

In Barnsley, you could contact: PestRangers

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