Skip to comments.Aggressive Yellowjackets Breaking Records in Much of Bay Area
Posted on 09/13/2017 11:20:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Aggressive yellowjacket populations are booming this year in the Bay Area as reports of complaints about nests hit records in many areas.
For breaking news get our mobile app for free from the Apple app store or the Google Play store. Winter rains produced plenty of insects to eat, which helped wasp nests thrive, insect experts say. Hot September weather, like the Labor Day heat wave, spurred the insects to hunt more aggressively for food, increasing the opportunities for human encounters of a painful kind.
Vector control districts in Santa Clara, Alameda and San Mateo counties have received record numbers of yellowjacket and wasp service requests already this year and more calls are coming in fast.
Contra Costa County is on pace to break its all-time high for yellowjacket service requests of 972 set in 1999.
Public calls for help with yellowjackets have increased 83 percent in Contra Costa County so far this year. The vector district received 858 calls through Labor Day, up from 469 at the same time last year and more than the 744 calls during all of 2016, the district reported.
Lisa Hallahan, an Orinda resident for two decades, was stung a week ago in her side yard after carefully turning on a sp
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Really ramping up for those Tribulation Plagues!!
If you have to call the cops for meat bees... you might be a pussy.
Yep. Drop some Sevin dust on them enjoy keeping your Man Card one more week.
You don’t need to use Sevin. You just wait until it’s dark and they go into a torpor. They won’t defend the nest at all. You can take the nest down, relocate it, do whatever you want with it.
We have two types hereabouts: the bigger ones, the Western yellowjackets, who will respond to a threat to the nest but not bother you otherwise. Then there's the mean little SOBs, maybe half their size, the German yellowjackets, who will sting you for no flippin' reason at all. They don't lost their stingers like bees do and can sting multiple times, and the little bastidges bite too. They'll nest in cracks in structures and can be very difficult to find. Spectracide is your friend.
28 And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you.
In this case, we’ll add the Sodomites to the list.
What’s up with using the American slang “yellowjacket” in the article instead of simply “wasp”? Those suckers pack a helluva sting though. I got stung on a knuckle once and it hurt so much I couldn’t help laughing in pain about how such a little thing could hurt so incredibly.
Considering the times we are living in, maybe they were afraid of being called racist or bigoted? (half joking)
"White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) is a term for an elite social class of powerful white Americans of British Protestant ancestry.
WASPs often trace their ancestry to the colonial period. The term is often used as a pejorative to attack their historical dominance over the financial, cultural, academic, and legal institutions of the United States."==Wikipedia
Throw it in a metal trash can.....Add fire starter and match. Cover....3 minutes for rare, 4 for medium, 5 for well done..
Apocrita, wasps in the broad sense, appeared in the Jurassic, and had diversified into many of the extant superfamilies by the Cretaceous; they appear to have evolved from the Symphyta.
Fig wasps with modern anatomical features first appeared in the Lower Cretaceous of the Crato Formation in Brazil, some 65 million years before the first fig trees.
The Vespidae include the extinct genus Palaeovespa, seven species of which are known from the Eocene rocks of the Florissant fossil beds of Colorado and from fossilised Baltic amber in Europe.
Also found in Baltic amber are crown wasps of the genus Electrostephanus.
A lot of times the nest is below ground. Wait until near sundown and you’ll see them entering the nest. Once you’ve located the entrance in the ground, just spray some wasp killer down the entrance. They won’t make it back out once you’ve hit the entrance with the wasp killer.
Maybe it's global warming causing this. 😀😆😄🇵🇭
I've searched all over the place for their nests but I'll be darned if I can find them.
This is the time of year when the pesky bees have hatched and they start foraging for food and it's certainly doesn't warrant calling the cops..........LOL!
Bay area = More Yellow Jackets please.
Yep, “meat bees” is what we called yellowjackets when I lived in Northern Sonoma County way back when.
Nothing is more aggressive than Northern California yellowjackets in late Summer. They make wolverines seem cuddly. If the things were the size of sparrows the area would be uninhabitable.
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