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Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets
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Arkadelphia man dies after being swarmed by yellow jackets


ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (KTHV)- An Arkadelphia man died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets. 61-year-old Bill Lewis died after being attacked by hundreds of yellow jackets Sunday. While out in his backyard, Lewis stepped into a yellow jacket ground nest.

In a press release, Lewis' family said "Due to his limited physical condition, Lewis was unable to escape the number of wasps, resulting in the multiple stings which ultimately caused his death."The County Cooperative Extension Service says even though this time of year the yellow jacket population peaks, someone dying from stings is very uncommon. "A lot of times, people are attacked because they don't even know the yellow-jacket hive is there," said Amy Simpson, part of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. "Most of the time the nests are on the ground and they're really small, so people can walk right into them."

This is the second time in two weeks that a man has been attacked by yellow jacket wasps. Just last week, a man in Malvern survived a wasp attack after being stung more than 60 times.

Yellow jackets do not lose their stinger after stinging someone. This allows the to attack multiple times. Simpson explained these type of wasps are natural pollinators-feeding off of fruits and vegetables. "During Fall those natural sources of food are not really out there, so they come closer to humans."

She suggests if you're getting rid of a nest, you should use a red flash light. and approach them at night. "They can't see the red, but the white light they will be attracted to. so you don't want to attract them with your flashlight." Yellow jackets are attracted to movement and light experts say the best way to react after being stung is to slowly move away and protect your face with your hands.

For more information on how to get rid of a yellow jacket nest, click here.


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