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Five Kids Swarmed by Yellowjackets

The five cousins, who range in age from 4 to 15, were stung while playing outside in some woods near a home

Five children, four boys and a girl ranging in age from about 4 to 15, were taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center with yellowjacket stings Tuesday afternoon.

The National Park Service provides this information:

Yellowjackets are small yellow-and-black-banded wasps that build nests in the ground or paper-like nests in trees. The colony will reach maximum size in late summer. Worker yellow-jackets are common around picnic areas where they forage for food.

In most people, a yellowjacket sting produces an immediate pain at the site of the sting. There will be localized reddening, swelling, and itching. Ice or analgesic creams often relieve the symptoms.

Some people experience an allergic reaction to yellowjacket venom. Allergic (anaphylactic) shock can be fatal if untreated.

Yellowjackets are small, yellow and black banded wasps that build nests in the ground or paper-like nests in trees.

The colony will reach maximum size in late summer.

Worker yellowjackets are common around picnic areas, where they forage for food.

In most people, a yellowjacket sting produces an immediate pain at the site of the sting.

There will be localized reddening, swelling and itching.

Ice or analgesic creams often relieve the symptoms.

Some people experience an allergic reaction to yellowjacket venom.

Allergic (anaphylactic) shock can be fatal if untreated.

Deonte Jackson, a 19-year-old relative of the children, said the children were playing in the woods about 30 to 35 yards behind a home at 16375 NW Gainesville Road.

All of a sudden they started running to a nearby house.

When they came inside, Jackson said, their shirts and upper bodies were covered with live yellowjackets.

Others of the stinging insects — a variety of wasp — followed the children inside the home.

Adults in the home stripped the children of their clothes and sprayed them with bug spray.

They continued spraying the yellowjackets and stomping on them, Jackson said.

Meanwhile the insects kept stinging the children.

He said a 6-year-old girl and a 4- or 5-year-old boy were stung the worst.

Marion County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Miranda Iglesias said the two younger children were stung at least 30 times each.

People in the home called 911 at about 4:33 p.m.

Fire Rescue responded, and the children were rushed to Munroe Regional.

Later, bunches of yellowjackets could be seen swarming around a hole in the ground about a foot and a half wide.

Source = marion times

George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA 


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