SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Warm, dry weather in Northern California has produced a bumper crop of stinging insects this summer, including a non-native wasp species that emigrated from Europe.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports the swarms have etymologists from South Lake Tahoe to San Francisco fielding calls from besieged property owners, perplexed government officials and homicide investigators asking how to keep the bugs away from dead bodies.
El Dorado County environmental health specialist Karen Bender tells the Chronicle that her department is getting about 10 complaints a day and removed 345 wasp nets last month, 50 percent more than during the previous August.
The infestation has included run-of-the-mill Western yellow-jackets, but officials also are reporting an increase in European paper wasps, a species that arrived in California about two decades ago.
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