An El Dorado Hills woman was sent to a hospital Monday morning after a colony of wasps attacked her on a local trail, according to the El Dorado Hills Fire Department.
The attack happened on the New York Creek trail near Falkirk Way and Keswick Drive about 9:53 a.m. while the woman was walking with her children, said Deputy Chief Michael Lilienthal of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department.
“A mother with her kids was walking down the trail and they got attacked by a large colony of wasps,” Lilienthal said. “The mother had her kids go one direction while she went the other.”
The attack has prompted the Fire Department, along with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, to search the area for nests. On Monday, wasp spray was used to treat affected areas.
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An expert who was consulted by the Fire Department said wasps nest in old gopher holes, according to Lilienthal. So far, three holes in the ground were found to have wasp colonies living inside them, he said.
“I can tell you firsthand that they are swarming out there,” he said.
Lilienthal said the Fire Department and the Community Services District will continue to search for other locations where wasps may be living. For now, they caution trail-goers to stay clear of the area.
“Just avoid that section of that trail if possible, especially if you’re walking with your kids,” Lilienthal said.