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New Britain family home infested with yellow jackets

Mary Corvia said she is spraying WD-40 around the home and vacuuming around the clock to keep the yellow jackets at bay. (WFSB Photo) Mary Corvia said she is spraying WD-40 around the home and vacuuming around the clock to keep the yellow jackets at bay. (WFSB Photo)

A mother and her young children said they are being tormented by a nest of angry yellow jackets in their own home in New Britain.

Day after day, Mary Corvia said they are doing their best to keep them out and they're taking some punishment in the process. After they say they got no help from their landlord, they're reaching out to Eyewitness News.

The nest seems to be right below this window, near that electric meter at the residence on Sterling Street. During, the day the yellow jackets swarm that area and by now dozens, if not hundreds, have entered the home.

"This is where they come in the most which is why I just took the curtain down," said Corvia, who was vacuuming random spots in the living room.

It may seem silly, but the random vacuuming Corvia is doing is protecting her and her son from yellow jacket stings.

"It's almost impossible, as soon as you get them all, three or four more come in," Corvia said. "We do this all day long."

The eastern yellow jackets are angry and for some reason for the last month, they've infiltrated the single mother's home.

"This is how we've been stuck living for weeks now," Corvia said.

The problem first started weeks ago, when Corvia's 8-year-old son, Anthony, was stung after lifting a blanket off of the living room couch. The sting left behind a mark he still sported on Wednesday when he talked with Eyewitness News.

"He's got a little dot right here," Corvia said. "It scares me a lot that while I'm out there working and I can't get home right away, he'll get that final sting and end up in anaphylaxis all because my landlord refuses to take care of the problem."

Corvia said she reached out to her landlord Adam Golas. She said he was no help, so she got the city involved. An inspection revealed multiple violations and after feeling the pressure from New Britain building officials, city officials said Golas has made many fixes, but the yellow jacket problem persists.

Golas had no comment for Eyewitness News, but city officials said Golas told them it will be dealt with in a matter of days.

For Corvia, that promise is not enough. They're spraying WD-40 around the home and vacuuming around the clock to keep the yellow jackets at bay. This daily battle waged in her living room is so stressful, she's deciding to move.

"We can suck them up all day long. We can spray them as much as we want," Corvia said. "But until we can get the queen bee out of there and the nest out of there, they'll keep coming back."

The city gave Golas 30 days to get the job done. That order was issued a couple of weeks ago, and from what they've seen, it appears the landlord is complying.

Experts say that bees, wasps and yellow jackets are all surfacing in mass amounts.

Earlier this year, Eyewitness News profiled a Hartford apartment that was so infested with bees, honey was literally dripping from their ceiling. The state says calls for bee and yellow jacket infestation have jumped 50 to 80 percent this year alone and experts are blaming the unusually dry spring we had.

"Normally in the springtime, the weather conditions can be rather rough on these insects and a number of the queens can be killed just by the weather, simply by drowning," said Dr. Gale Ridge, an assistant scientist with CT Agricultural Experiment Station. "That did not happen."

Ridge said he expects it only to get worse. A typical nest could contain 4,000 insects and they will be more active in September and even into October, so you'll see more buzzing around.

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