PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — 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.


Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.