I know your pain, metaphorically.
During summer-time our house gets visits from up to five european wasps a day. Short of closing all doors and windows, they just come in. I try and trap and release but my non-Buddhist wife keeps a can of insect spray - somewhere. And she's the first one to remind me "The Dalai Lama swats flies". I've also been stung by a wasp and its not a particularly pleasant experience.
I think the issue of the wasps wanting to build their home right above the entrance to your home is a difficult one as it is a definite risk to the health and wellbeing of your family and visitors.In your situation I would persist with removing the wasp nesting material as diligently as possible - you might want to do it in the cool of the morning or the evening when they are less active. And once removed, perhaps spraying the entire area with a repellent might give your uninvited house guests the right idea about relocating.
And during your attempts to create an accommodation crisis for the wasps if your wife should call the exterminator, not meaning to sound harsh, it is afterall the way of the world.
You do what you can.
All the best,
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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