More wasps are buzzing around the Grand Valley

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Wasps appear to be popping up all over the Grand Valley.

Experts said insects are very heat driven, so with the recent temperatures in the area has Kymberlie Robinson who lives in Fruita has noticed wasps nests all over the place.

"Just lots and lots of wasps nests that keep popping up, we kill one and the next day there's another nest," she said.

It's a problem that the Robinson family has been dealing with now for a couple months.

"This year we put out traps. It's been so bad," she said. "It's the time of the year when it warms up, and they really get active, and start building nests. It starts out with just a single queen working on a nest."

Meredith Shrader, an entomologist in the area, said the milder winter could be a factor in why more wasps are buzzing around.

"There's a potential that more survived. So the starting threshold is a little higher for the population than usual," she added.

Throw in the scorching temperatures and it leads to one thing...more wasps.

"I actually counted the nests and there are three nests in the yard at the moment," Shrader said about her backyard.

If you see them, try not to panic.

"If you leave them alone, they'll sit there on their nest and stare at you and turn and face you but they will not fly out at you," said Shrader.

In fact, there are some good things about having wasps. Experts said they can be a natural pest control for your garden.

"Caterpillars are notorious for eating up other people's gardens. And so these wasps will go in and grab the caterpillar and take it off to feed their young," said Shrader.

If you want to get rid of a wasps nest, it's to wait until the early morning or late evening and then spray it with an insecticide.



 
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