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Increase in hornets during hot, dry summer


Chris Dawson, Reporting
August 22, 2012 — Sunshine and a lack of rain is partially responsible for the growth of hornet populations in parts of the country this summer.


Humidity and dry conditions have helped to increase the hornet population in some places
Humidity and dry conditions have helped to increase the hornet population in some places

They may not be out in full force like the shad fly, but North Bay, Ontario has a different insect problem this summer.

"The wasps are around constantly, the lady I was sitting with was stung twice on the neck and my own daughter was stung three times," says Rick Tripp, whose daughter was stung at a weekend soccer tournament. "You really couldn’t get away from them."

Rene Hebert is a North Bay area exterminator and he says the weather has played a big part in how active wasps and hornets are in northeastern Ontario.

"You’ve got the humidity and the dryness is great for them because they don’t have to worry about the rain coming down on them all day. Therefore when it's really dry, they are actually a lot more active."

Hebert adds that he's had over 30 calls in the last three weeks concerning hornets in chimneys, under eavestroughs and on the ground.

The dry weather is influencing a population increase in other parts of the continent as well.

In Iowa, they are calling it the year of the wasp, and some experts say the warm dry weather is also creating more prey for wasps and hornets alike.

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