Updated 08/21/2012 07:31 AM
Busy wasp, hornet season
If you've noticed a little extra buzzing around your house, you're not alone. Many people say it's one of the busiest wasp and hornet seasons they've seen in years. Our Katie Gibas tells us what we can expect for the rest of the season and what homeowners can do to mitigate the problem.
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NEW YORK -- For Luke Lonergan, the wasp and hornet situation at his house has become unbearable.
"You can't walk in and out of the back kitchen or the walk out in the basement when there are these wasps just everywhere. I'm worried about kids and nephews and nieces out by the pool. They're underneath the bricks. they're underneath the stone. They're underneath the brick. It's a large area and they're just everywhere," said Luke Lonergan, a Clay resident.
Lonergan has even called a professional company to spray for the stinging pests.
But they just keep coming back. And Lonergan isn't alone. There seem to be more stinging insects this year than many years prior.
"There are a ton of them out there. It seems that the queens make the winter just fine, so there are more colonies than normal. When there are more colonies, what happens is there are larger bee populations. And when the bee population goes up, we all get annoyed," said Mike Goldsmith, a Home Depot Specialist.
Larry Abrahamson, a SUNY ESF Senior Research Associate, added, "Because there's not as much water, they've got a lot more areas in the ground or near the ground where they can build their nests, where it's not so wet where they get flooded out. "
And experts say they don't see any relief in the near future. It's going to take a heavy downpour or the first frost to make a big enough difference.
"Once we get a frost, it'll pretty much kill most of the workers. The queens, they'll hibernate for next year and come out. But all the workers will pretty much die with a good hard frost," said Abrahamson.
This is already the busiest time of year for wasps, hornets and yellow jackets. And to top it all off, wasp and hornet spray is hard to come by.
"As fast as it comes in, it goes out. We have a pallet of it in the back and I'll bet you it doesn't survive until the end of the week," said Goldsmith.
The best advice from the experts is to try to ignore the wasps and hornets. But if you can't, wait until it's dark out when the pests aren't as active to spray.