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Officials issue warning about Lee County yellow jackets nest

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LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Lee County officials are sending out a public warning about a huge yellow jacket nest that's just feet from a busy neighborhood road, it could be dangerous if you approach it.

The big nest was built into the ground just feet from the road at the corner of Martindale Drive and Wiregrass Way in the Callaway Lakes neighborhood.

Lee County code enforcement has strung red caution tape around the nest, which has hundreds of yellow jackets swarming around multiple exits.  

If the yellow jackets were disturbed, their swarm could be dangerous for a person or their pet.

A number of large and aggressive yellow jacket nests have been seen in South Georgia this year, and officers said it's a good idea to check your property.

"Most definitely. Might want to check your yard. Walk around and see where you have bees. Go ahead and get rid of them now while they are small nests, versus something like what's behind me," said Lee County Code Enforcement Director Jim Wright.

Master Beekeeper Dale Richter will remove the nest and yellow jackets later this week, but now officers are warning people to keep their distance until it is dealt with.

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