Paper wasps are very common around structures and their nests are frequently observed below eaves, in ornamentals, and in many other protected areas. These wasps rarely sting humans and are considered beneficial as they feed on various insect pests. Only when nests are located near human activity should the nest and insects be eliminated. Most species of paper wasps do not reuse their nests; however, an introduced species the European paper wasp reuses old nests. Only inseminated queens survive the season to overwinter. They pass the winter in protected areas like wall voids, in attics, and under the bark of trees. Early in the spring the queen develops a nest and lays eggs to begin development of a new colony.