I’m seeing them everywhere — clad in black and yellow, both in groups and flying solo. They want a handout and are hostile if they don’t get one. It’s that time of year again — yellowjacket time. They’re on the move, they’re hungry and they’re irritable.

If you’re new to these parts and haven’t had the pleasure of meeting one or more of them, let me fill you in. They’re close relatives to hornets (you know, the giant wasps made famous by the saying “mad as a hornet”). Yellowjackets are a species of predatory wasp that eat other pest bugs and wasps (they’re a boon for agriculture), which should make yellowjackets and humans get along just great — but the wasps make terrible neighbors.

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