(KMOV) –A fresh hole in the backyard of area residents could also mean there is an underground nest for yellow jackets.
The relatively dry weather is assisting in the increase of yellow jackets in the area.
Yellow Jackets are a type of wasp and unlike bees will sting a person or pet if you get to close and make them feel threatened.
The recent dry weather and lack of heavy rainfall has allowed yellow jackets and their favorite foods to proliferate.
Ed Spevak, Director of Invertebrates at the St. Louis Zoom said “a little bit of rain and these long warm spell which have allowed them to increase. But remember what it's also allowing to increase is grasshoppers. I've seen more things like grasshoppers this year and yellow jackets are feeding on those.”
Yellow jackets can be spotted by their black and yellow strips across their body.