Wasps serve important purposes in the natural world.
The paper wasp looks somewhat like a yellow jacket, but is much less aggressive. Wasps are predators on other insects, such as catapillars. They are a valuable part of our ecosystems.
If you discover a wasp nest, try to live with it. But, if it's a concern there are "Intergated Pest Management" services that will relocate the nest for you. Or there are non-toxic ways of catching the insects and diverting them from your living areas.
Once the wasps leave the nest for the season, they make fascinating educational items to share with children.
Courtesy of Shoreline Area News -