First came the T-Town python, a reptile on the loose that no one seems to be able to locate. Then comes the notion of a methamphetamine-fueled attack squirrel released by investigators looking for a drug house.

If scientists are trying to give us all the willies, they’re doing a good job with a recent warning to Alabamians to be watchful of yellow jackets, or more specifically, yellow jacket supernests.

The way they describe them, the nests would be hard to miss. Imagine an insect metropolis the size of a Volkswagen beetle, with a population of yellow jackets that exceeds the number of residents in Slocomb, times eight.

That’s bad news for anyone with the misfortune to stumble into one of these nests. But for those with allergies, it’s far worse. A single sting can send some people into anaphylactic shock, and epinephrine injection pens that help mitigate the effect of the sting have skyrocketed in price.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the last time conditions led to supernests 13 years ago, there were 90 across the state. So far this year, only two have been reported.

While it seems like a B-movie cliché, the advent of monstrous yellow jacket nests leaves us with a serious message: Watch where you’re going, and ensure that your children don’t let their curiosity stir up a hornet’s nest – literally.

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