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Yellow Jackets

What are Yellow Jackets?

Yellow jackets don't do as much pollination as many other stinging insect species, but they are still important to our ecosystem.

Yellow jackets help the ecosystem because they eat pest insects and keep their numbers down.

When yellow jackets establish their nests outside, away from human habitation, they are beneficial and cause little difficulties.

However, when these pests invade your yards, they typically cause significant issues!

Yellow jackets' heads are a mix of black and yellow, and their abdomens have black and yellow stripes.

Their bellies slope down from the top of their heads and end in a sharp point with a smooth stinger. They protect themselves by paralyzing their prey with their stinger.

These bugs also have a pair of thin, clear wings and six thin legs that hang down from their bodies when they fly.

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Yellow Jackets Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are yellow jackets dangerous?

Yellow jackets are among the most aggressive wasps, which makes their presence in our yards perilous. Nesting in undesirable locations, yellow jackets make it difficult for homeowners to enjoy their outside environment.

After getting too close to a nest of yellow jackets, it is usual for these insects to attack and administer many, severe stings.

The venom that yellow jackets inject into humans and animals is potent enough to cause allergic reactions. In people with severe allergies, a yellow jacket sting can be fatal.

Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?

Yellow jackets are especially aggressive when they're looking for food. During the summer, they're constantly searching for something to eat so that they can nourish themselves and their larvae back at the nest.

Adult yellow jackets consume plant nectar and other sweet liquids for sustenance. The larvae, however, require protein (from insects) that the adults procure for them.

Our yards have plenty of nesting and foraging opportunities for yellow jackets, which in turn provide food for the entire colony back at the nest.

Where will I find yellow jackets?

Yellow jackets typically nest close to the ground and in a number of locations, including:

  • Under or within logs or tree stumps.
  • Under stacked timber, rocks, or shrubs.
  • Inside of earthen pits.
  • In abandoned tiny animal nests.
  • Under decks, porches, and vegetation.

It is essential to understand that yellow jackets are not particularly choosy about where they build their nests.

This implies yellow jacket nests can also be found in doorways and on tree branches above the ground.

If yellow jackets are able to enter our homes, they will typically nest in the attic or behind wall voids.

How do I get rid of yellow jackets?

When it comes to yellow jackets, we understand how essential it is for property owners to get them removed as soon as possible.

We understand that you want to enjoy your outdoor space without having to worry about yellow jackets.

At 24h Pest Pros, we offer the prompt and efficient services required to eradicate yellow jackets from your properties.

Our specialists will eliminate stinging yellow jackets in a safe manner. Call us immediately if you are having problems with yellow jackets, and find out why your neighbors prefer 24h Pest Pros for their pest management requirements!

How can I prevent yellow jackets in the future?

Prevent problems with yellow jackets by partnering with 24h Pest Pros and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Remove nesting sites from your yards, such as fallen trees and tree stumps.
  • Fill up holes in the earth to eliminate yellow jacket nesting sites.
  • Place tight-fitting lids on outdoor garbage cans and compost bins to restrict where they can forage for sweets and proteins in your yard.
  • Maintain clean and debris-free outdoor dining areas.
  • After eating outdoors, swiftly clean up and bring the leftovers back inside.
  • When consuming sugary beverages outside, keep the lid on the cup.
  • Place garden areas away from the exterior of your home, and restrict the number of flowering plants you place in your yard, particularly near your home.
  • When working in garden areas, avoid using perfumes with a sweet scent, as these scents attract yellow jackets.
  • Wear shoes when walking in your yard to avoid getting stung by a yellow jacket if you step on one by accident.
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