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Old 04-06-2017, 08:26 PM
 
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Yellow jackets. I hate them. They were a plague in the California Sierra last year in August-October. I was camping all summer and fall and from the moment the temperature started to rise until it got dark the yellow jackets would swarm. I couldn't eat outside my tent. I actually fled to the coast to get away from them. I drive a yellow Jeep and they would actually swarm outside the Jeep when I parked it! I'd never seen anything like it.

I'm moving to Breckenridge and am praying that this isn't the case in the Rockies because in the Sierras and Redwoods of California you can't sit outside for most of the fall during the day.
We get them here, too. But paper wasps are more of an issue I think - last year we had a lot of them, but some years there aren't as many.
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Old 04-06-2017, 10:16 PM
 
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Yellow jackets. I hate them. They were a plague in the California Sierra last year in August-October. I was camping all summer and fall and from the moment the temperature started to rise until it got dark the yellow jackets would swarm. I couldn't eat outside my tent. I actually fled to the coast to get away from them. I drive a yellow Jeep and they would actually swarm outside the Jeep when I parked it! I'd never seen anything like it.

I'm moving to Breckenridge and am praying that this isn't the case in the Rockies because in the Sierras and Redwoods of California you can't sit outside for most of the fall during the day.
Yes, bright yellow attracts them. When I wore bike jerseys that were purple and yellow, they would land on the yellow part only. All-yellow clothing was like a yellowjacket magnet.

They like meat, so if you eat a meat sandwich outside don't be surprised if they come to you. I never thought they ate meat until several persisted in hanging around as I tried to eat a roast beef sandwich. Unbeknownst to me, one of them got INTO the sandwich between bread and meat. When I bit into the sandwich, I got stung inside the lip.
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Old 04-07-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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We get them here, too. But paper wasps are more of an issue I think - last year we had a lot of them, but some years there aren't as many.
Paper wasps, thankfully, are not nearly as aggressive. They pretty much mind their own business unless you mess with them.
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Old 04-12-2017, 12:05 AM
 
Location: Breckenridge, Colorado
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So you mean that I'll have to deal with the yellow jackets again? What a horror those things are!
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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So you mean that I'll have to deal with the yellow jackets again? What a horror those things are!
They are a mild nuisance. If you leave the kitchen door open they will fly in.

However, they are stupid bugs. I usually just make a wet wad of paper by wetting 4 paper towels. I use it to slap and squish the stupid bug when it lands on a kitchen window. I prefer that to using poison spray.
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Old 04-12-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Some years are worse than others for Yellow Jackets. Seems like last summer was pretty bad, by mid summer most of the hardware stores had run out of yellow jacket traps, they were a real nuisance any time we were outside. But other years they are not too bad.
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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Some years are worse than others for Yellow Jackets. Seems like last summer was pretty bad, by mid summer most of the hardware stores had run out of yellow jacket traps, they were a real nuisance any time we were outside. But other years they are not too bad.

That was my impression also. Same for Millers moths and mosquitoes.
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:09 AM
 
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I agree. I'm from California, live in Phoenix but visit my son in Denver in Summer.
I'm tortured by mosquitos in Phoenix. When I visit my son for 7 to 10 days all of my bites have time to heal. No screened porches. Never have I seen a mosquito there. I think I saw 1 or 2 flies in the alley by the trash. That was it.
It's the difference between Heaven & Hell
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:51 AM
 
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I'm tortured by mosquitos in Phoenix.
I've never been there, but I find it surprising that such a hot, dry climate supports mosquitoes.
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