Playground Closed from Apparent Yellow Jacket Infestation

Oct 25, 2017

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Officials have shut down a New Hampshire playground after it appears to have become infested by yellow jackets.

WMUR-TV reports the wasps can be seen all over the Portsmouth Plains Playground, which is now closed as of Tuesday. Portsmouth Recreation Director Russ Wilson says they almost had to cancel a nearby high school soccer game because one of the teams complained wasps were flying around the field.

Wilson says another playground had a similar problem, and officials had to dig up the ground to get at the yellow jackets' nest. He says most of these wasps are in-ground, and the same thing may need to happen at this playground before it can reopen.

Wilson says he hopes for cold weather to get rid of the yellow jackets.