Spike in Bidwell Yellowjacket Stings

Park rangers say there has been a spike in yellowjacket stings in Bidwell Park.

Posted: Nov 7, 2018 8:11 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2018 8:13 PM

Chico, CA -- Park rangers say there has been a spike in yellowjacket stings in Bidwell Park.

They're sometimes called "meat bees," because they love meat.  But it's not just meat that they'll devour.  Yellowjackets, a type of wasp, are often found around garbage cans and campgrounds.  Senior Park Ranger Lisa Barge says there has been an increase in the number of people calling the Chico City Parks Department, reporting that they've been stung.

"I'd go in a different direction if you see them.  If you're walking, you don't want to be walking into their swarm," Barge explains.  She says, if you're stung, as long as you're not allergic, you'll be fine.  Though, she adds, the sting hurts.  They also bite.  And they don't lose their stinger.  So a yellowjacket can sting someone over and over again.

Barge says, as the weather gets colder, most of the yellowjackets will die, and the threat will dissipate until next summer.

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