What are yellow jackets?
Yellow jackets are social insects that live and work together, gathering food for the colony.
Their colonies can become very large, sometimes having more than 4,000 workers associated with a single colony.
Adult workers are about 3/8th to 5/8th of an inch in length, have six legs, and antennae.
They have a black head and face, and a yellow and black patterned abdomen.
Yellow jackets are found invading homes and other buildings all across the United States.
Are yellow jackets dangerous?
Yes. Yellow jackets will defend their nests and territory by delivering painful stings. Each yellow jacket can sting multiple times. The venom from a yellow jacket’s sting can trigger severe allergic reactions in some people which could lead to serious health problems and immediate medical attention.
Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?
Yellow jackets colonies are at their highest numbers in the late summer and early fall. They feed on sweets and proteins and can become quite a nuisance at outdoor events like festivals, picnics, and BBQs. They typically nest in the ground but will also nest under the eaves of homes, behind wall voids, and in attics, which can lead to serious infestations.
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Can I do it myself?
Trying to take care of pest problems on your own can be dangerous, ineffective, and could cost you more time and money than you’re willing to spend. The safest and most effective way to completely eliminate a yellow jacket infestation is by getting help from a professional. If you need help getting rid of yellow jackets in or around your home, contact the professionals at All-American Pest Control today.
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With over 50 years of experience, we know the time, effort and commitment it takes to solve yellow jacket problems. With All-American Pest Control, you’ll receive services from trained and friendly experts.
How can I prevent a yellow jacket problem in the future?
Preventing yellow jackets can be difficult, but there are a few things that you can do around your home to deter them. Prevention tips include:
- Sealing gaps found in your home’s foundation, exterior walls, and along your roof line.
- Making sure that your chimney has a tight cap on it and that any cracks in it are sealed.
- Also, keeping outdoor trash cans away from the exterior of your home and making sure they have tight-fitting lids on them can help to keep yellow jackets away.