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Re: Yellowjackets

Actually of all of the Hymenoptera, yellow jackets are the most aggressive. They nest in the ground, and even the vibration produced by foot traffic going by the nest can prompt an attack. I have never had a problem with any other bees or wasps, frequently working right next to them as they go about their business and I mine...but yellow jackets are a different story.
On Sunday, June 27, 2004, at 09:07 PM, Donna wrote:

Why are they stinging you? Are you attacking their nest?

Most times, if you leave them alone, they leave you alone. I have tons
of bees, wasps and hornets that live here and only get stung when I
actually grab one of them... Ouch!


Has anyone found a way to discourage yellow jackets. I needed to mow
back area of my property this afternoon and got stung again. This will
be the third nest I will have to kill this summer on an acre and 3/4.
put up the traps and seemed to have gotten some pretty large ones so
thought I caught several queens. Right now the traps are not
much although they have fairly new attractants.

Do any of you know if the bee equipment might be strong enough to use
protect me? I don't know if their stingers are longer, etc.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

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