Yellowjackets are considered beneficial in that other insects are a major part of their diet

A forestry professional recently emailed to report and inquire if I was getting more reports of unusual numbers of yellow jacket nests. I hadn’t, but that was the only the first report. There have been others now. And this past weekend I too followed a mower across a nest. It’s not the first time that has happened nor even the worst. But 3 stings were enough to send me inside to slap on cold packs for a while. Now I’ve marked the spot and finished mowing.