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A small yellow jacket nest in your yard or outside of your business could turn into a big problem. Beyond being just annoying, yellow jackets can cause medical emergencies for people who are allergic to stings.
The German yellow jacket is the most common yellow jacket species on the east coast. Aggressive predators, yellow jackets are easily provoked, attack in force, and travel long distances to sting their prey. When yellow jackets sting, they mark their targets with chemicals that alert other yellow jackets to sting. And unlike bees, yellow jackets can sting multiple times.
Though yellow jackets may look similar to wasps or bees, they are not exactly the same. Most yellow jackets have an alternating black and yellow striped pattern, and adults can grow anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of an inch in length. Their wings are long – even slightly longer than their bodies – and fold back when at rest. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have a narrow “waist” area between the abdomen and thorax, and lack the body hair necessary to trap pollen.
It might seem crazy, but some people consider yellow jackets to be beneficial because they are pollinators and prey on beetle grubs, flies, and other garden pests. However, they are also notorious scavengers that love proteins like meat and fish as well as sugary substances. As a result, they tend to congregate around trash receptacles and enjoy ruining outdoor picnics.
Yellow jacket activity peaks between May and August, when they seek out enough food for the nest to survive the winter. During this time, they become more aggressive and will fly further from the nest to find food. This means the chance of getting stung skyrockets, making your yellow jacket problem worse.
Yellow jackets are considered “social wasps” and typically nest in soft ground like that found in backyards, near bushes, or in flower beds. Because the only visible signs of yellow jacket nests are tiny holes in the ground, these nests are especially hard to spot. Yellow jackets always post a “guard” just inside the nest. If you see the guard yellow jacket poke its head out of a hole in the ground, or if you see yellow jackets flying in and out of a spot on the ground, you have found a nest. Some yellow jacket colonies can become quite large, with thousands of members.
Simply walking past a nest can provoke yellow jackets. If you find a yellow jacket nest, try to not disturb it. Get away from area fast and keep people and pets away from the area until the pests are eliminated.
Getting rid of yellow jackets is best left to the experts. At Connor’s, we know the proper techniques for eliminating them quickly and effectively.
To get rid of yellow jackets, we use environmentally responsible products to eliminate them at the source. Our products target the yellow jackets, not your family or furry friends. To prevent yellow jackets from resurfacing in the future, we use exclusion techniques such as sealing entry holes to nests and any other potential nesting areas. Once treatment begins, we will follow-up until all yellow jackets are gone. Along the way, we will clean up any affected areas and safely dispose of any waste.
Yellow jackets pose a major health risk to your family or employees. As a result, their presence becomes a liability you can’t afford to tolerate. With effective yellow jacket control from Connor’s, we’ll eliminate them before disaster can strike. We also offer a year-round pest protection plan that will not only prevent yellow jackets, but up to 32 types of pests common in Virginia and Maryland. No matter which service you choose, you can count on us to take care of your yellow jacket problem quickly and safely.
To schedule your free, no-obligation yellow jacket inspection, call us at (703) 321-0400 or schedule online today.