As a homeowner, how much do you value your yard and property? Would you consider it an extension of your living area, or do you appreciate it more for its scenery? Either way, we can assume you do your best to keep up with it. Your lawn is mowed regularly, your hedges are trimmed when they become unruly, and weeds are treated when necessary. Keeping up with general maintenance of your yard is all well and good, but what can you do if yellow jackets settle in nearby. There is certainly no way you can enjoy your yard with the threat of stingers around. Fortunately, there is one quick and easy solution that exists to help you deal with stinging insects on your property. Here is everything you need to know about yellow jacket control in Tyler.
What Are Yellow Jackets?
Yellow jackets are a breed of wasps known for the distinct yellow and black patterning on their bodies. These flying insects are often mistaken for bees due to their wider bodies. To tell them apart, look for a pinch in their midsection. Yellow jackets are also completely hairless, unlike honey bees.
Where Do Yellow Jackets Nest?
Depending on the species of yellow jacket, nests can be found both underground and in high places such as in trees, or around the roofline of buildings. Very often yellow jackets will build their nests inside the burrows of other pests such as groundhogs, voles, and moles.
Benefits Of Yellow Jackets
Despite their many problems, yellow jackets are in fact extremely beneficial pests. For one they are a huge help in cross-pollination. This is a process that supports healthy plant growth and ensures our world stays green and healthy. In addition to keeping our world healthy, yellow jackets can also keep your garden safe. They do this by eating plant-killing pests such as caterpillars, spiders, and aphids.
Issues That Come With Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets are just as dangerous as they are beneficial. For starters, they are considered one of the most aggressive species of wasp. Where you would have to interact with a bee for it to sting you, all you have to do to make a yellow jacket mad is walk too close to their nest. To make things worse, yellow jackets can sting more than once. This means that even if you don’t have an allergy to stinging insects, you could still be severely injured if stung enough times.
How To Make Your Property Less Appealing To Yellow Jackets
If yellow jackets have not already established a nest on your property, there is still time for you to take precautions. Here are just a few prevention tips our experts recommend you try.
- When hosting outdoor gatherings, keep unattended food and beverages covered.
- Pick up thoroughly after eating or drinking outside.
- If you feed your pets outdoors, pick up and clean out their food bowls after they are done with them.
- Pick up dropped fruits as they become ripe and fall from trees in your yard.
- Consider removing flowers from your property.
A Safer Way To Remove Yellow Jackets
Before you think about dealing with yellow jackets on your own, keep in mind that some species can fly upwards of 30 miles an hour. Unless you can run this fast, it is highly recommended that you leave the treatment of yellow jackets to the professionals. At Innovative Pest Control, we know how dangerous dealing with yellow jackets can be. For this reason, we make sure our technicians are equipped with top-of-the-line protective gear designed to help them stay safe when treating stinging insects.
Reach out to us today to find out more about how we treat for stinging insects, or to schedule an emergency service visit for your Tyler property.