Blackwelder column: Things that sting are plentiful this summer

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 27, 2012

SALISBURY — Rowan County is experiencing abnormal summer weather with hot days and scattered showers in the afternoon. Many people have called with questions and concerns about stinging insects. As the summer progresses into the fall, some stinging insects can present serious problems. Below are a few questions from Rowan County residents that may be of interest.
Q: I have yellow jacket nests in a couple of places in my lawn. What’s the best way to get rid of them?
A: It’s best to wait until early morning, just before or near sunrise; all the insects should be inside the nest and calm. Try to empty an entire aerosol can of wasp and hornet spray into the hole with one continuous stream. Place a brick or rock over the entrance hole and walk away. It’s best not to use gas or kerosene to control yellow jackets and burn out the pest. Environmental issues as well as your safety are at risk. Go to for more detailed information on the life history and control this insect.

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