Earth Calendar
10:30 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Earth Calendar for August 19th and August 20th

 

Yellow jackets are a type of paper wasp found across the country. Depending on the species, they either nest above or below ground in colonies with workers and one queen that lays eggs. During the spring and early summer, workers build-up the colony with chambers for eggs and a protective, outer shell. When the colony reaches full size, the queen lays eggs that will develop into male and female yellow jackets that leave the nest to start new colonies the following year.

 Workers become more aggressive at this time, typically mid- to late-summer, to protect new larvae as they grow. A yellow jacket’s sting can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction in some people. If you are allergic to stings, there are some avoidance techniques you can use. You can lessen your attractiveness to yellow jackets if you forego the use of hairspray, perfume, or aftershave and don’t wear bright-colored clothing, especially bright yellow, light blue, red, or orange. Encounters with yellow jackets tend to increase at this time of year because they are foraging for food outside the colony to feed new larvae. Yellow jackets typically reserve aggression for protecting the colony, so passing by or walking over a colony could result in an attack. If you have yellow jackets on your property, it’s best to avoid the area where the colony is located. If the colony can’t be avoided, you may need to remove or destroy it. Seek help from a professional who is experienced in pest removal – spraying water, burying or otherwise bothering a colony is likely to result in many stings.

 

 On our Calendar: Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center to join a naturalist for a nature-themed story. Thursday, August 22nd, 11:00 am. More information about this free family event at greatparks.org   

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