I could live with wasps and their nests if I wasn't allergic to them. After a firghtening incident where I had a wasp land in the bathtub and sting me, sending me into a life-threatening reaction, I decided that it might be wise to look at ways of discouraging them from living in and around our home. Besides, we didn't just have a few wasps but they seemed to be attracted to our home, which is primarily made of wood, with a stone fireplace wall.
I'm not crazy about chemicals, at least not if there is a low tech way that works equally well. We have a a cat as well as children so I hoped there'd be a nonchemical solution. I found it in the Waspinator, which looks exactly like a real wasp nest. Before buying it, I did a little research and discovered that there are two types of wasps. The ones that build those hanging nests, the type found in trees, are social wasps and they don't want to be too close to other nests of similar wasps. By hanging the fake nests in areas of the yard and deck where wasps tended to live, we essentially got them to relocate, almost instantly. I saw a few wasps hover suspiciously near the decoy nests then fly away, perhaps deciding another location might be better to build a nest.
Problem solved! You can find the Waspinator at Amazon as well as at many other sites online. I have a very easy search form at http://bookingalong.blogspot.com, right next to my current Blog entry or you can go to http://www.amazon.com and find it there by using their search form. Many of the companies that sell it list at Amazon. You could also try Ebay.
While you can buy the nests individually, I think the 3 pack for 24.99 is an excellent value. If you prefer, you could even try to rig up your own, although I think the folks that make the Waspinator did an excellent job in imitating the exact color and crinkliness of a wasp nest. You simply inflate by blowing into the opening and then hang by the attached loop. Very simple and certainly environmentally friendly, no chemicals.
Best of all, I've seen no wasps in our home. I know wasps have a place in our environment but not at the risk of my life!