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What are yellow jackets?

Yellow jackets are a type of social wasp, but they vary greatly from the common paper wasp for several reasons:

  • Yellow jackets are thicker than the slender paper wasps.
  • Yellow jackets have shorter bodies, ranging between 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch compared to the elongated bodies of paper wasps.
  • Yellow jackets have black antennae, and paper wasps are orange.

Yellow jackets also have a smooth stinger, allowing them to sting multiple times, unlike honeybees, which have barbed stingers.

Are yellow jackets dangerous?

Yellow jackets are more aggressive than other wasps; however, they usually leave people alone unless threatened. But if you bother a yellow jacket nest, it can result in them attacking. When these pests attack, they can sting multiple times because of their smooth stinger, injecting venom each time.

Some people may be allergic to yellow jacket venom and experience a severe reaction and anaphylaxis shock. 

Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?

The most common reason any pest is attracted to a property is food availability. For yellow jackets, food sources include other insects and sweets. As predators, yellow jackets help control pest populations, so they look for places with plenty of prey pests.

Where will I find yellow jackets?

As social insects, yellow jackets construct large nests. They create their nests from chewed wood fibers and saliva, adding as the colony grows.

Yellow jackets usually build their nests close to the ground but can also create them higher up.

Some of the most common places where yellow jackets build nests are:

  • Open garbage and recycling bins
  • Under decks
  • Eaves
  • Window and door frames 
  • Ground holes and burrows abandoned by rodents
  • Logs, stumps, and hollow trees

If you find a yellow jacket nest, it is best to leave it alone and call pros for removal, even if you believe the nest is empty.

How do I get rid of yellow jackets?

It is never a good idea to get rid of yellow jackets yourself as it can put you and others at risk. Instead, call Miche Pest Control for expert assistance.

Our residential pest control services include coverage for yellow jackets. When you work with us, one of our technicians will inspect your property to identify the pest you are dealing with and conducive conditions. After the inspection, your technician will remove nests and implement other necessary treatments. 

Contact Miche Pest Control to learn more about the services we offer!

How can I prevent yellow jackets in the future?

Deter yellow jackets and other stinging insects from making themselves at home on your property by using these expert-recommended prevention steps:

  • Reduce flowering and fragrant plants in your yard.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and remove rotting vegetables from gardens.
  • Don't leave pet food, crumbs, or food debris outside.
  • Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, emptying and cleaning them out regularly.
  • Address other pest issues as yellow jackets are predators.
  • Eliminate standing water and repair any leaks.

You should also inspect the exterior of your home for holes and cracks where yellow jackets or other pests can get inside.

Reach out to our technicians at Miche Pest Control for ongoing protection against yellow jackets to keep you and your family safe!

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