More than one dinner on the deck has been ruined by yellow jackets in Southcentral this summer. Yellow jackets thrive in dry, warm weather — exactly the kind of conditions that much of Alaska has been experiencing.

Integrated pest management technician Jessie Moan with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service said she can’t verify that numbers of yellow jackets — insects in the wasp family — are up, but she said it’s likely.

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