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Which insect is responsible for most of the stings to people during the summer?

 

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Yellow jackets

(Zachary Huang photo)

Yellow jackets may be right on schedule this year. Wasps and yellow jackets are great predators of other flying insects and caterpillars. Be aware of the potential for yellow jacket nests around shrubs and when mowing the lawn. They generally nest in the ground in loose rooted areas beneath shrubs and trees or below-ground rotted wood. They do not reuse old nests. If the nest poses a stinging threat to humans or pets, control may be appropriate. Spray an aerosol hornet and wasp insecticide directly into the entrance hole at night. Don't use gasoline for this! Need I explain why? Yellow jacket traps have not been shown to be effective in North Carolina despite the fact that many are sold.

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