"If we are seeing them a month sooner than we did in 2006, I am very concerned that there will be a large number of them in the state. The nests I have seen this year already have more than 10,000 workers and are expanding rapidly," Ray told WHNT.
In 2006, there were more than 90 massive yellow jacket nests, The Ledger-Enquirer reported.
Ray said he had one small perennial colony that had 15,000 yellowjackets. And he heard of reports of a South Carolina nest that had a quarter million yellowjackets in it in 2006, the newspaper reported.
What should you do if you come across a perennial nest that is buzzing with activity? First, let it alone.
"While these giant nests often appear less aggressive than smaller colonies, it is important that people do not disturb the nests," Ray told AL.com.
Then, Ray said, call in the experts to remove the nest.