Yellow jackets are aggressive, sting repeatedly, and should be treated by a professional.
YELLOW JACKET EXTERMINATOR
Posted By SafeGuard Pest Control Administrator Yellow jackets are known to many as the terror of outdoor gatherings. They are the party crashers of picnics and other outdoor activities and have a reputation for being outright aggressive towards those that they feel are encroaching upon their territory. While this is one party crasher you unfortunately cannot file a disturbance report on, calling a pest control professional is the next best thing. Yellow jackets can easily escalate from a scary nuisance to a looming danger, so it is imperative that they are removed from your Levittown property safely.
A yellow jacket nest can be particularly dangerous to a family if the nesting ground is located by a doorway or within the eaves of a household and should not go ignored. One queen is capable of breeding thousands of yellow jackets per season, resulting in thousands of venomous stinging insects that could potentially be deadly to those who may be attacked in a swarm or have an allergy to stings.
HOW DO EXTERMINATORS GET RID OF YELLOW JACKETS?
Professional wasp control providers are trained in finding yellow jacket nests, which can be difficult since they hide their nests very well in dense shrubbery, underground, or even inside the home or business. Recently, there have been more frequent sightings of more than one nest within a house.
If exterminators discover that the drywall has been compromised, they will shore it with cardboard and then drill through into the nest to dust inside and kill the queen. If the queen is not killed, the yellow jackets will not stop, and workers will be called from other nests to assist.
Caution should be used if attempting to conduct do-it-yourself yellow jacket control. One of the greatest mistakes made by untrained individuals is the use of over-the-counter, which often only results in causing them to move into other areas, which makes them more difficult to find, and to become even more aggressive. The queen is the most important yellow jacket to locate and terminate, so it needs to be easy to find her, as her spot in the nest can usually be predictable if she has not been moved.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET RID OF A YELLOW JACKET NEST?
The cost typically depends on the extent of the problem. Those attempting to treat yellow jacket wasps on their, often accomplish little more than to anger the colony. Hyper aggressive nests will tend to cost more, and may also lead to home improvement costs if the yellow jackets managed to chew through the drywall.
To ensure you have the lowest price possible, home and business owners should refrain from engaging the wasps and call a professional yellow jacket exterminator as soon as you they are aware of them.
SHOULD I KILL YELLOW JACKETS?
Firstly, attempting to engage in contact with a yellow jacket or a nest of them by an untrained person is never advised. It can be dangerous, ultimately often ending in pain when the intruder is perceived as a threat to the nest.
Professional treatment performed by an experienced wasp exterminator will kill the yellow jacket population, causing them to die on their own seasonally.
DO YELLOW JACKETS RETURN TO THE SAME NEST EVERY YEAR?
Like most wasp species, yellow jackets do not return to their nests once they have been vacated. After winter hibernation, new queens will always make a new nest elsewhere, and the previous one will remain empty. However, the surrounding area around the previous nest may be viewed as favorable when building the new nest. That is why a professional wasp control provider should be hired in order to undertake preventative measures to ensure another yellow jacket queen does not decide to reuse the home or property as a nesting ground.
Yellow jackets are most active starting in the months of June/July, and the queen will continue to lay eggs throughout the summer. They will remain active until the colder weather of fall arrives.
WHEN YOU HEAR NOISE IN THE WALLS
There’s almost nothing as stressful to a homeowner as hearing noise inside a wall. It might be a chewing, purring, buzzing, scratching, or thumping sound. The noise could be caused by many things, including bees and wasps. And while honey bees do not cause structural damage unlike carpenter bees, they can cause cosmetic damage.
Conversely, wasps and hornets can penetrate walls and enter your home if given the opportunity.
Regardless of what’s causing the noise, you should call your pest control provider immediately for proper identification and eradication.
WHY ARE YELLOW JACKETS SO AGGRESSIVE?
Yellow jackets are incredibly social insects that are fiercely protective of their nests. They are one of the few insect species that may go out of their way to be aggressive, as they have an extremely high protective nature. They have the capability of stinging multiple times throughout their lives, unlike bees that die after stinging once. This means that yellow jackets do not risk much by stinging you, and will take full advantage of that when feeling threatened.
It is always best not to engage yellow jacket wasps. Let a professional handle it. Yellow jackets will be less aggressive at night when they typically rest, but it is still an ill-advised idea to risk undo harm by attempting to treat it with any DYI solutions.
CAN YELLOW JACKETS CHEW THROUGH DRY WALL?RECOMMENDED
Some yellow jacket nests can be built within the interior of a house or business, such as inside the walls. In these cases, it is possible to hear them inside of the wall chewing through it. It will sound similar to rapid tapping or rain against a tin roof. In this scenario, they insects are fully capable of getting through into the home or office. This can lead to a sudden invasion, with yellow jackets pouring in, possibly by the hundreds or thousands, made possible by the opening they created, resulting in a basic takeover of the premises.
In the event an entry point is discovered, do not seal the opening from the outside. This will drive them inside the structure much quicker, causing an army of yellow jackets to burst through the wall. If you suspect there is a yellow jacket nest in your house, call a professional immediately so it can be dealt with properly in order to avoid a home or office invasion by these insects.
HOW ARE YELLOW JACKETS GETTING IN MY HOUSE?
Yellow jackets can take advantage of the smallest openings that would seem impossible. While there are more obvious ways they can sneak in through such as a wall register or other inside vents, they can also get in through such things as outlet openings, or even light fixtures around the house.
HOW DO YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HONEYBEE AND A YELLOW JACKET?
While both honey bees and yellow jackets have black and yellow markings, yellow jackets are exceptionally smooth and shiny and have no “fluff” that bees typically have. Yellow jackets, being a species of wasp, have a signature thin waist and can grow anywhere from 1/3” to ¾”.
WHY DO YELLOW JACKETS FOLLOW YOU?
Yellow jackets, if they feel you have threatened their nest (which is a response that can be triggered by merely approaching it) will not only try to sting you, they will continue to pursue the invader for a considerable distance, often by multiple yards while finding their way through obstacles. Moreover, yellow jacket wasps may even lie in waiting for their victim to emerge, in the event they to hide while attempting to avoid their attack.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET STUNG BY A YELLOW JACKET?
For those with an allergy to stings, medical attention should be sought immediately, as You can go anaphylactic shock is possible. If such is not a threat, immediately rinse the sting with soap and water, apply ice to reduce swelling, take a pain and/or itch reliever if needed, and rest.
WHAT ATTRACTS YELLOW JACKETS TO HUMANS?
Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet substances. This includes nectar from flowers, sap from trees, and what humans leave out. Additionally, food in the garbage, especially meat and sweets such as fruit, sugary drinks, and candy will also attract yellow jacket wasps.