GREEN BAY (AP) - The pace may be picking up for businesses that eradicate bees and wasps in Wisconsin, but it hasn't been a bad year for the pesky insects, according to a bug expert.
The wasp and hornet population reaches its peak in late summer, with hot and dry weather boosting their numbers.
Dennis Huber's Hartford business is called The Bee Guy. Huber handles calls in eastern Wisconsin from Door County to Milwaukee and in eastern Dane County. Huber says his calls have picked up and will likely be 40 to 50 percent ahead of last year.
"It's heavy," he said about call volume. "A lot of our jobs have more than one nest. It's yellow jacket time right now and many homes that I get to there are three or four nests as opposed to going over there for one."
University of Wisconsin-Extension entomologist Phil Pellitteri said the wasp has been in Wisconsin since the 1970s.
"The yellow jacket problems we see now are one tenth of what I have seen in a bad year," said Pellitteri. "It was to the point you couldn't have outdoor restaurants and outdoor farmers markets. ... In a bad year it can be incredibly intense, and that I have not seen."
A dry spring and hot summer contributes helps yellow jacket populations flourish.
"Their populations grow exponentially all year, so you expect people to have the problems now," Pellitteri told Press-Gazette Media. "But in the scheme of things, this is not a bad year at all."
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