What are yellow jackets?
Yellow jackets are a common species of stinging insect in our area. They are most active in the late summer and early fall when their colonies reach their peak populations. These insects are a predatory species and feed on a variety of insects including flies, grubs, and caterpillars. Yellow jackets typically build their nests in the ground, but will sometimes create their nests above ground on the exterior of houses or in the lower branches of bushes or trees.
Yellow jackets have hairless, segmented bodies and a distinctive thin waist. Their face and head are mostly yellow with some black markings while their bodies are black and yellow striped. They have six legs that can be seen hanging down from their body while in flight. When at rest, their wings are elongated and fold laterally against their body.
Are yellow jackets dangerous?
Yellow jackets are considered to be dangerous pests and great care should be taken when they are nearby. Yellow jackets are aggressive and their smooth stingers allow them to repeatedly sting their victim, injecting more and more of their venom with each sting.
The venom from a yellow jacket is strong enough to cause health problems in both people and pets. Yellow jacket venom can cause an allergic reaction that is so strong that it triggers anaphylaxis. In this situation, immediate medical attention will be required. Yellow jacket stings are also quite painful and leave behind large, red welts. If a yellow jacket colony has created a nest on your property, it is important to stay away from it until a professional can come out and safely remove it.
Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?
Yellow jackets feed primarily on insects, other proteins, and sweets. Any property that offers them easy access to foods and water sources is at risk of being invaded by these stinging pests. Yellow jackets are attracted to open trash containers, grill areas, and decks, porches or any other outdoor eating area. They are also attracted to gardens because that is where the insects that they like to feed on are commonly found.
Where do yellow jackets nest?
Yellow jackets are usually described as ground nesters as they often use abandoned holes in the ground created by squirrels, chipmunks, or groundhogs to build their nests in. These ground nests can be difficult for people and pets to spot and avoid, making them extremely dangerous to have on your property. Yellow jackets will also create their nest up off the ground in areas like under the eaves of homes, behind walls, in chimneys, and inside attics and crawl spaces.
How do I get rid of yellow jackets?
Yellow jacket infestations are extremely dangerous and difficult to deal with. The removal of a yellow jacket nest from any home or property should only be handled by experienced professionals. Professionals like the ones found at DANCAN can provide the services needed to accurately identify the infestation, eliminate the nest, and help to prevent future problems with these dangerous pests.
Our professionals utilize eco-friendly and modern pest control methods and products to get rid of yellow jacket nests located in or near your North Dallas-area home. To learn more about implementing one of our effective home pest control services to eliminate yellow jackets from your property, contact us at DANCAN today!
How can I prevent future problems with yellow jackets?
Preventing yellow jackets from nesting on your property is a difficult task, but there are several things you can do to help deter them.
Trim back trees and bushes away from the exterior of your home.
Make sure your outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids to prevent yellow jackets from foraging for food sources inside.
Clean up any leftover food and drinks from your outdoor eating areas immediately after you finish eating.
Seal any cracks found in the foundation of your home and spaces found around windows and doors.
Make sure that all the vents leading into your home are sealed.
Repair any spaces along your roofline to keep yellow jackets from getting inside.
Ensure that all chimneys have tight-fitting caps on them.
Inspect window and door screens to be sure they are completely intact and make repairs as necessary.