What are Yellowjackets?
There are several species of yellow jackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and a patterned abdomen. Because these pests are known to sting, it’s important to know how to contend with yellowjackets safely to avoid injury.
- Color: Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
- Legs: 6
- Shape: Wasp-like
- Size: Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long
- Antennae: Yes
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Yellowjackets are social insects that live in colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. They feed on sweets and proteins, so these pests are a common nuisance at outdoor events.
They can be found anywhere humans are found. They build paper nests out of chewed-up cellulose, which are usually found in the ground or in void spaces such as eaves and attics.
Yellowjacket stings pose significant health threats to humans, as they are territorial and will sting if threatened. They are known to sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Yellowjackets and other stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
Looking to get rid of yellowjackets? Call a PMi pest professional if you suspect these pests on your property. Because of their tendency to sting when threatened, controling these pests requires specialized equipment and safety precautions. Homeowners should remove garbage frequently, keep trashcans covered, and ensure all doors and windows have screens that are in good condition. People should also avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes as the scent can attract them to your yard.