Yellowjackets, meat bees, and ground bees are all terms that refer to the aggressive ground-nesting wasps known for inflicting multiple stings. Unlike paper wasps and mud daubers, yellowjackets are the picnic pests of summer. They swarm meat and sweets, find their way into soda cans, and converge on garbage cans and drinking fountains. Squished yellowjackets release an emit an alarm pheromone that sends a signal to other yellowjackets in the area to attack. Yellowjackets nest in abandoned rodent burrows. Disturbing a yellowjacket nest can result in multiple stings. This can occur when someone accidentally steps on an underground nest opening or disturbs a nest in a shrub or building. Sometimes merely coming near a nest, especially if it has been disturbed previously, can provoke a painful attack.
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