Learn More About Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets should not be messed with. Yellow jackets are often associated with honey bees, but are much more aggressive, their bodies are different, and where you find one, you can easily find thousands more. The more you know about yellow jackets, the easier it will be for you to prevent them.
What Do Yellow Jackets Look Like?
Yellow jackets look similar to bumble bees, but their wings rest off to the sides of their bodies, and their bodies are much slimmer than the bumble bee’s. Yellow jackets do not have much hair on their bodies as bees do. Yellow jackets are about 9 mm to 16 mm long when fully grown. The most common color scheme for these stinging insects is black and yellow though some species of yellow jackets may be white and black.
Where Do Yellow Jackets Nest?
Yellow jackets spin large nests out of paper and saliva. Yellow jackets are social insects, which means they live among hundreds or thousands of other yellow jacket wasps. The yellow jacket nests can have between 500 and 1,500 compartments in their nests, which offer shelter all throughout the year. They won’t die off during the mild winters in Texas.
It is common to find yellow jacket nesting on the ground as they are ground-dwellers. Cracks in sidewalks, under sheds, under porch steps, under decks, and within woodpiles are all ideal places for these stinging insects to establish their nests. However, you may also find yellow jacket nests up off the ground. Some awnings, low branches, playground sets, and yard decorations can attract nesting yellow jackets. It is not uncommon to see yellow jackets nesting in and around vents, exhaust areas, and building cavities either.
What Do Yellow Jackets Eat?
Yellow jackets have a sweet tooth. The wasps have a broad diet and are opportunistic feeders, meaning they will often eat whatever is available at the time. Yellow jackets will feast on flies, bugs, grubs, and other gardening menaces. Their diet isn’t limited to creepy crawlies though. Yellow jackets are also attracted to garbage, leftover food, opened sugary drinks, meat, and fish. No food outside is safe when yellow jackets are hanging around!
Are Yellow Jackets Dangerous?
Yes, yellow jackets are dangerous. They aggressively defend their nests, and they congregate in colonies of a thousand or more insects. Yellow jackets do not normally sting if they are unprovoked, but any aggravation or perceived threat can get them stinging. Wasp stings are painful, and they can cause an allergic reaction or death in individuals who are allergic to the venom. Yellow jackets are not like bees; they can sting more than once.
Does Innovative Pest Control Help With Yellow Jackets?
Innovative Pest Control offers extensive pest management services to control and get rid of a wide range of stinging insects, including yellow jackets. To get started, give our pest control experts a call or contact us online about scheduling a visit from a yellow jacket control expert to help keep you and your family safe.
Yellow Jacket Prevention Tips
To prevent yellow jacket invasions and to protect your family, here are a few tips for dealing with the aggressive wasps:
- Cover food and drinks when spending time outside.
- Keep garbage bin lids closed and move them a distance away from your home.
- Use an aerosol insecticide to kill wasps looking to nest.
- Cover any cracks, crevices, holes, and voids in the exterior of your home.
- Clear up any yard debris from around your property.
The best way to prevent and eliminate yellow jackets in East Texas is to call the professionals at Innovative Pest Control and invest in thorough stinging insect control plan to exterminate wasps and their nests. Partner with IPC today, serving Tyler, Flint, Lindale, Jacksonville, Mineola, and East Texas.