Hercules responds to increased presence of wasps at its parks

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Hercules responds to increased presence of wasps at its parks
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A reported increase in wasps at Hercules parks has city officials actively responding to calls, setting traps and searching for nests.

“Maintaining the safety of our community is our top priority,” the city said in a statement Tuesday.

Staff are diligently searching grounds for wasp nests, though none have been located, according to the city.

“In order to eradicate the wasp presence at the source, a nest must be identified and removed,” officials said.

The city has placed traps to prevent wasps from roaming open spaces. The traps are frequently filled with wasp attractant, emptied and refreshed, the city said.

Anyone who finds and can mark the location of a wasp nest are asked to contact City Hall’s main number (510) 799-8200, and the city will have it removed.

“Thank you for your patience and we encourage you to please exercise caution in our parks and open fields as we continue to monitor and mitigate the ongoing wasp presence,” city officials said.