Yellow jackets are not a foe to mess with. Yellow jackets are often associated with honey bees, but they are much more aggressive, their bodies are slightly different, and where you see one, you can easily find a thousand more. The more you know about yellow jackets, the easier it will be for you to prevent and control them.

yellowjacket in its nest above noonday homeWHAT DO YELLOW JACKETS LOOK LIKE?

Yellow jackets look like bees, but their wings rest off to the sides of their bodies, and their bodies are much slimmer than a 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 full grown. The most common color scheme is black and yellow. Some yellow jackets may be white and black.


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 1500 compartments, 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 nests down below. They are ground-dwellers. Cracks in sidewalks, under sheds, under porch steps, under decks, and within wood piles are ideal places for yellow jackets to nest. Yellow jacket nests may also be off the ground. Some awnings, low branches, playground sets, and yard decorations attract nesting yellow jackets. It is not uncommon to see yellow jackets in vents, exhaust areas, and building cavities too.


Yellow jackets have a sweet tooth. The wasps have a broad diet and 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 attracted to garbage, food, opened sugary drinks, meat, and fish. No food outside is safe when yellow jackets are around.


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.


Innovative Pest Control offers extensive services to control and get rid of stinging pests. Call now or contact us online about scheduling a visit from a yellow jacket expert to keep you and your family safe.


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 outside.
  • Keep garbage bin lids closed and move them away from your home.
  • Use an aerosol insecticide to kill wasps looking to nest.
  • Cover any cracks, crevices, holes, and void in the outside of the home.
  • Clear yard debris.
  • Set traps.

The best way to prevent and control yellow jackets is to call the professionals at Innovative Pest Control for a thorough and extensive plan to exterminate wasps and their nests.

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