Yellow jackets, hornets and wasps are causing a stir in central Ohio


Don’t be surprised to see more wasps and other stinging insects as autumn sets in and the days get cooler.

Yellow vests, bald-faced hornets, and paper wasps are all currently peaking as they move from rearing the young to foraging for the last bits of nectar, said Mark Berman, an entomologist and founder of BUGMAN Education & Science Shows.

“When the goldenrod starts to die and the asters are doing their last big show, there just isn’t that much nectar,” Berman said.

Since nectar is scarce, these insects will look for sugar elsewhere.

“But at carnivals and places like that there are a lot of sweet sugary drinks and foods and ice cream and sweets and such, and so they pop up more where we are when they are desperately looking for sugar at the end of the year.”

While these insects can sting, Berman says that they are usually only aggressive where they nest.

The wasps and hornets that are out now will die out when the frost sets in this winter, Berman said.

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