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Yellow jackets are a pest in Tennessee that no one wants to find flying around. These stinging insects are among the most terrifying species because their sting is painful, but they are also potentially dangerous. You might have questions about how to identify yellow jackets and how to remove them from your yard, and our service professionals at All-American Pest Control want to help. We have put together this guide to these stinging insects and how to get effective Nashville pest control

How To Identify Yellow Jackets 

You might have a good idea of how to identify yellow jackets, but you might wonder how you can tell them apart from similar species. The first note of fact is that yellow jackets are a kind of wasp, so they do share some characteristics with other wasps and some differences. 

Mainly, yellow jackets can be identified by their black and yellow stripes and their thin, defined waists. They have long wings, and they are sleek and furless. Another way you can identify yellow jackets is by their nests. They will usually build nests close to the ground, such as under porches, in sidewalk cracks, or at the bottom of trees. 

Does Anything Instantly Kill Yellow Jackets?

When attempting to remove yellow jackets, you may look up DIY remedies online. Overall, the best form of stinging insect control comes with assistance from pest control professionals. Many at-home treatments don’t work effectively, although they might trap a few wasps. There are store products that you purchase to spray on yellow jackets and their nests, and while these might eliminate wasps on contact, they are dangerous to use and rarely eliminate every wasp. 

You usually have to get relatively close to the nest to apply these sprays, which puts you at risk of being stung. Yellow jackets can be defensive and aggressive and sting in groups. This makes them dangerous, and it’s best not to attempt wasp removal on your own.

What Attracts Yellow Jackets To Your Yard?

Just like bees, yellow jackets are pests in Nashville that pollinate plants. This means that they do play an essential role in the ecosystem. They also help control the populations of other insects such as gnats. 

So, the main reason yellow jackets will come onto your property is access to food sources. They will be drawn into yards with an excess of flowering plants and smaller insects. Plus, they also prefer areas with access to water sources such as ponds or hot tubs.

You can take some steps to prevent yellow jackets on your own by removing standing water, keeping your yard maintained, and reducing flowering plants around the yard. But, the best way to both prevent and remove yellow jackets is with pest control services from the experts.

What Is The Best Treatment For Yellow Jackets?

If you suspect a yellow jacket nest around your yard, don’t put yourself at risk by trying to remove it alone. Instead, contact All-American Pest Control for stinging insect control options. We are happy to discuss our service plans which include yellow jacket eradication as well as ongoing prevention. Find out more by giving us a call.

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