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Yellow Jacket Control & Removal Services

A common sight at late summer picnics, yellow jackets are predatory wasps that can be found throughout the United States. They forage in garbage and are known scavengers, feeding on foods rich in sugars. These pests can be rather aggressive when defending their nests, which can lead to multiple, painful stings.

Appearance

Similar in appearance to bees, yellow jackets are typically black with yellow bands on their bodies. They also have a short, narrow waist that attaches the thorax to the abdomen, which helps distinguish them from other similar pests. Workers are usually half an inch long, while queens are larger, reaching up to three quarters of an inch in length.

Diet

Though they are somewhat frightening due to their stinging behavior, yellow jackets are actually beneficial to have around because they regularly feed on beetles, flies, and spiders. Nevertheless, they often become nuisances while searching for meat, sugars, and starchy substances around homes.

Habitat

The Eastern yellow jacket is known for building nests in ground burrows abandoned by rodents or similar pests. Other species, like German yellow jackets, make their homes aboveground. Aerial nests are typically made of a papery material and can be found in shrubs, sheds, the eaves of roofs, and inside the walls of houses.

Entry into Homes or Yards

Yellow jackets enter homes and yards with some frequency. Open garbage bins and homeowners eating outdoors can entice these pests to come around in search of easy food. Gardens and ornamental plantings can attract the various insects that the yellow jacket feeds on, which draws them to the area as well.

Problems & Damage

Individuals with a known allergy to wasp venom are at risk when yellow jackets are around. Hives built in the spaces between walls and ceilings can quickly grow to include large numbers of the pests, making removal difficult and dangerous. They are also known to build hives near patio furniture, playground equipment, and other outdoor areas frequented by people. When yellow jackets build their nests in the ground, simply mowing the lawn can become a dangerous endeavor.

Prevention & Exclusion

Sealing trash containers and cleaning up after cooking and eating outside can help keep yellow jacket infestations at bay, but only to an extent. Homeowners should also close off any potential entry points into the home in order to keep these social pests from nesting indoors.

Control & Removal

Most store-bought trapping methods serve as short-term solutions, but yellow jackets are known to find alternate entry and exit points to their hives once trapped. In order to safely and effectively remove these pests from in and around the home, call professional pest specialists. Trutech technicians have the proper training and tools to eliminate yellow jacket problems.