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The yellowjacket is a new comer to Finland

August 27, 2012

Well I tell ya… You seriously learn something new every day here. The fact that the yellowjacket (the German wasp, Vespula germanica) was only first observed in mainland Finland in 2005 was news to me.

In the summer of 2010 we noticed a lot of yellowjackets all over the place, picnicking in peace or eating on an outdoor terrace was nearly impossible because of the yellowjackets buzzing around. We even had a nest of yellowjackets in the garden in our back yard. With the Little Miss running here and there and everywhere in the yard, we didn’t want to take any chances of her getting stung. I reluctantly called an exterminator after unsuccessfully trying to get rid of the nest myself and getting stung in the process. 😦 The extermination effort eased the situation a little, but then the Mr. found another nest out behind our house. What was unusual for me was the fact that they were nesting underground. At least back in Canada one can almost always see the nest of stinging insects, whatever they may be.

Last summer was relatively peaceful (and hot) and we didn’t see very many yellowjackets at all. This summer however, they’re back, but not on the same scale as back in 2010.

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