When it comes to stinging insects, it is important to know which species you are dealing with and the threats they may pose. While they can be distinguished by their physical appearance, being able to recognize different nests can help homeowners identify various species from a safe distance.
There are several species of yellowjackets, all of which typically have a yellow and black head along with a patterned abdomen. These social insects live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers and are most active in late summer and early autumn. Yellowjackets feed on sweets and proteins, so they’re known to invade outdoor events like barbecues.
Yellowjackets and their nests can be found anywhere humans are found. Their paper carton nests, built out of chewed up cellulose, can be found both above and below ground. Aboveground nests can be constructed under eaves, in attics or inside a building wall void. Underground nests usually have a small, difficult to see entrance hole. Keep in mind, yellowjackets can venture up to hundreds of feet away from their nest, so it may not always be in plain sight when you initially encounter the insect itself.
Yellowjackets have a smooth stinger, allowing them to sting repeatedly when attacking. They are territorial and will sting if they feel threatened, so homeowners should be sure to steer clear of any nests.
What To Do:
Upon discovering a nest, homeowners should contact a licensed pest control professional to assess the situation and effectively remove the nest from the property. When it comes to stinging insects, nest removal is not a “do it yourself” job. Any attempts to remove the nest will disturb and threaten these pests, causing them to attack, sometimes in large numbers.
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