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Continued: Reappearance of wasps sets Minnesotans abuzz

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 2, 2014 - 9:09 PM

If you suspect wasps are building in a wall, Leyse suggests standing by the side of the wall of the house to watch where wasps are going. Do this on a warm day when the insects are active.

“Watch and see if they’re coming and going from the house; they will fly straight back to an opening,” he said. “That’s why they call it a beeline.”

At this time of year, Leyse said, the queens are scouting for nest sites, bobbing in the air along walls, eaves or tree branches looking for a site to build. Serious nest building happens in June and July.

But Leyse doesn’t fault people who get excited when they see wasps.

“If people have allergies, they probably freak for a good reason,” he said. “If they don’t have allergies, most people freak when they’re around a stinging insect.”

Wasps, he said, are “kind of a pain, literally.”


Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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