And in case my poor photography (I was too lazy to go get the good camera) makes it hard to tell, they are WASPS. Nest after nest (EIGHT to be exact) of them. It's a yearly battle on the south side of our house. There's a pop out there behind the gas fireplace, and they find it to be a wonderful place to make their homes right there under the eaves. Including the vent of the fireplace, as you can see.
We usually hose the empty nests down with water after they leave for the winter. Last year, we had the eaves painted, and the nests were all scraped away. But they're baa-aaack! Little effers.
Unfortunately, it appears they've invited their cousins, the Jellow Jackets, this year. I haven't found their nest yet, and am not sure I want to go looking. They are staying around that side of the house away from us. They are continuing to pollinate my raspberries - that's a good thing, right?
In the meantime, I get the itchies when I think about it, now that I have realized they are there.
Anyone know how to keep them from coming in the first place??