This time of year seems to bring out the worst in Yellow Jackets; get anywhere near their bee home and they go ballistic. At least with a Paper Wasp you see the big paper cone and feel warned, sometimes; yes it’s possible to miss it, but they’ll remind you soon enough.
Yellow Jackets on the other hand (which I’m happy to say is not puffy) make their nests just about anywhere; in the ground, in a log, in brick holes, siding, downspouts, anywhere.It seems like vibration bugs them; the lawn mower, walking or stomping around, pounding in the vicinity, even my pruning caused a suicide run at my person (hand).
Of course hind sight is 20/20, but I should of, (because I’ve been stung many times before), looked the area over before I went headlong into my pruning.
They are always coming and going; it doesn’t take long for them to make their presents known. And if you know where they are you can work around them; you just have to be careful not to be aggressive in whatever it is you are doing. Even today after getting stung I went back and carefully finished pruning in the “Bee Zone” without incident.
This time of year it would be a good idea to have a can of Bee Spray nearby; but don’t use it until whatever it is you are doing is done. This stuff ticks them off too.
Remember, it’s bad enough getting stung by a bee, but what are the neighbors thinking as they see you running around flailing the air and freaking out for what looks to be no reason at all. “Look Martha, Fred’s having another one of his ‘episodes’ again; the poor man”.
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