Wasps (Yellow Jackets)

What are yellow jackets?

Yellow jackets are small flying insects. Left alone, they are considered beneficial insects for their ability to ward off harmful pests. But, summertime often brings cookouts and barbecues, and this is when yellow jackets collide with humans. Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet drinks and fruit (think watermelon) and can get aggressive and territorial. They also often build their nests in the ground, making walking and playing in the backyard potentially painful. 

What do yellow jackets look like?

Yellow jackets are about ¾” long, with black and yellow stripes. They are shiny and smooth. 

Do yellow jackets sting?

Yes. Yellow jackets have a very painful stinger. Yellow jackets do not lose their stinger, so they can (and often do) repeatedly sting their victim. 

Are yellow jackets dangerous?

Yellow jackets can be dangerous if you are allergic to their venom. 

What are the signs of a yellow jacket  infestation?

Look for nests in the ground, as yellow jackets prefer to build their nests there. They can also build their nests in eaves, attics, and behind window shutters. 

Where do yellow jackets come from?

If you have yellow jackets in your yard, they’re likely looking for a food and water source. If your yard has what they’re looking for, they’re likely to build a nest there. 

How do I get rid of yellow jackets?

Getting rid of yellow jackets can be dangerous and painful. It is best to call an experienced pest control company like Debug to come out. Your Debug technician will find and remove the yellow jacket nests on your property.  

Can I do anything to prevent yellow jackets?

Try to not leave drink cans and bottles out and open in your yard. Yellow jackets love soda, beer, and wine. Try to keep fruits like watermelon covered and make sure rinds are disposed of indoors. Aside from those small preventative measures, there isn’t much more that you can do to prevent yellow jackets.

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