What North Dallas Property Owners Need To Know About The Dangers Of Yellow Jackets


September 15, 2020

Stinging insects such as bees and wasps are terrifying to encounter. When you’re outside trying to enjoy your property in North Dallas, the experience can be ruined by wasps flying around or by seeing a wasp’s nest. One of the common wasp species in the area, and one of the most dangerous, is the yellow jacket. This species is more aggressive than most, and they are particularly common in the summer and early fall months.

a cluster of yellow jackets on a nest

Because they can look similar to other species of wasps, here are the identifying characteristics to help you spot yellow jackets:

  • They have smooth, sleek bodies with a streamlined appearance, and their bodies are not furry.

  • They also have a thin “waist” that attaches their abdomens to their thoraxes.

  • They are yellow and black in color with alternating stripes. They have translucent wings that are grey or black. 

     

While you can find yellow jackets anywhere where humans live, they prefer to build nests underground or in places like hollow logs, attics, between walls, and under eaves. Their nests have a papery appearance to them.

Is There Anything Good About Yellow Jackets?

While yellow jackets can seem like horrible pests all around, they do actually have some good things about them when it comes to the environment. They are pollinators, but they don’t do this as often as bees. The main reason they are beneficial is that they can help control small insect populations. While these are both good things, yellow jackets are still dangerous to have around your property. They are more dangerous than most other wasps for a couple of reasons:

  • They are able to sting and inject their venom multiple times.

  • They are more aggressive than many other species.

  • Often, multiple yellow jackets will attack at once.

Because of these reasons, being stung by a yellow jacket can be cause for medical concern even for people who aren’t allergic. However, people with allergies are especially at risk for hospitalization.

Yellow Jacket Prevention Methods

Yellow jackets aren’t always easy to keep out of your yard, but there are some things you can do to help deter them. You can take steps to make your property less hospitable so yellow jackets aren’t as likely to build their nests. Here are some prevention tips:

  • Make sure outdoor garbage cans have lids.

  • Keep outdoor pet food stored in airtight containers.

  • Get rid of standing water on your property.

  • Make sure that pools and hot tubs have covers.

  • Clean up outdoor food spills right away.

How To Remove Yellow Jackets Safely

Yellow jackets are one of the most dangerous types of stinging insects you’ll find in North Dallas. If you find a nest on your property, trying to take care of it on your own is unsafe, and even seemingly inactive nests might not be. The best way to remove nests and to protect yourself and your family is to contact the pest control experts at DANCAN The Pest Control Expert. With our same-day service and free estimates, we are here to help you remove yellow jackets' nests right away. All you have to do is give us a call.

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