Tips For Preventing Yellow Jackets In Summer

June 19, 2019

a large yellow jacket in attack position on a texas property one sunny summer day

Spring is well underway, and we’re nearing summer. During this time, you may start to notice flying insects around your yard. The heat and sun have brought out the bugs! It’s important to identify stinging insects when you see them because of the dangers they pose. Yellow jackets look similar to bees in that they are black and yellow. Their bodies, however, are much slimmer and their wings rest off to the side.

Dangers of Yellow Jackets

A sting from a yellow jacket is painful. And, unlike bees, they can sting multiple times. Symptoms can include burning, redness, and swelling. In some cases, severe symptoms can happen which include hives, nausea, dizziness, and coughing. Allergic reactions can occur and result in anaphylactic shock for some individuals. Medical attention should be sought immediately if symptoms of an allergic reaction occur.

What Brings Yellow Jackets to your Yard?

Yellow jackets love the heat. The warmer it is, the more energy they have. As we spend time outside this summer, having barbecues and picnics, we need to be aware that these insects can be attracted to our yards. Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet smells, whether it be flowers or wine glasses on the patio. It’s common for homeowners to welcome yellow jackets to their properties without even being aware.

If yellow jackets like what they see, they may make your home theirs. These insects are unique in the way they can build their nest up high or down low. They can have ground nests and they can have nests along eaves and decks. If nests are in your yard, this increases the risk of stings. Yellow jackets are well known for being aggressive and territorial if they feel threatened. Swatting them away could lead to a sting. Accidentally stepping on one or putting your hand on one could lead to a sting. That’s why it’s important to know how to get rid of yellow jackets.

Tips for Homeowners to Keep Yellow Jackets at Bay

  • Keep trash well-sealed.

  • Cover food at BBQs.

  • Avoid leaving leftover drink cups outside.

  • Fill rodent holes in the yard to keep yellow jackets from using them as nests.

  • Avoid wearing bright colors.

  • Minimize the use of perfumes.

  • Keep eating areas away from flower beds.

  • Call pest control if you’re noticing yellow jackets.

Are yellow jackets in your yard? Have you noticed nests? Removing a nest and controlling yellow jackets on your own can be dangerous and is not recommended. If you’re dealing with yellow jackets, contact professional pest control. Innovative Pest Control can safely remove the nests from your property. Contact us today or request your free inspection now!

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