Parents concerned about sand wasps at Embudo Hills Park

Created: 07/10/2014 9:43 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In the summer, the playground at Embudo Hills Park is packed with kids and parents alike, but now an unwanted critter is digging in as well.

"When I first saw them I had no idea what they were. We've come to this park every year for six years and I've never seen anything like them. There was hundreds of them hovering and digging holes," said Dennae Keryty, who comes to the park everyday with her two kids.

The sand wasps have made their home underneath the swings where kids play here, so it's a major concern for parents in the community.

Keryty says she knows that this type of wasp is not usually aggressive and is unlikely to sting, but she still worries they could be unintentionally provoked.

"I feel like they could definitely be bothered with kids trampling all over there. My oldest digs in the sand and I thought if she shoved a shovel under there and hit something, they could attack her," she said.

On the afternoon play-date, only a few wasps were hovering underneath, but Keryty and other parents want to make sure that none are left.

We reached out to the City of Albuquerque to see if they would do anything about the sand wasps. They tell us that they plan on removing them tomorrow.

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