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Old 06-22-2016   #11
Paddling in to the Future
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we cook in an enclosed (screened) canopy when on the main salmon, that's where they are the worst. I do usually get stung a couple of times during the trip. but it's not bad. we've noticed that they like citrus soda (sprite, crush, etc) we open a can and put it far from the group just for the yellow jackets to play in. usually keeps them occupied.

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Old 06-22-2016   #12
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Year before last on the Main during summer was so ridiculously bad with yellow jackets it was crazy. People were stung on arms and legs while just sitting or walking. One guy was stung 10 times that week. All but 2 of our 14 members were stung. It became hard to enjoy the trip because of the constant onslaught. One girl had a bad reaction and she swelled up something gruesome. I posted a video on another thread of a swarm in our kitchen. We made margaritas that night and they went bananas.
Just got off the MFS last week and did not see a single YJ. So obviously it depends on timing.

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Old 06-23-2016   #13
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Last August the only place we had yellow jacket problems were at one or two of the camp sites, tended to be ones that were sunnier/sandier. I don't remember seeing a single mosquito, horsefly, or other biting bug. Wasn't really a problem at all! Slept the last 5 nights under the stars, no tent. No bites at all.
Enjoy your trip!

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