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Yellowjackets are actually beneficial for the garden, in that they prey on other insects. Unfortunately, they can deliver a painful sting—and unlike bees, yellowjackets live to sting again and again. While this type of wasp usually nests underground, nests will occasionally appear around the yard. If you plan to remove a nest yourself, be sure to do this at night, when yellowjackets are less active. If a nest is large or difficult to approach, you're better off calling a professional.


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