Why Is There A Yellow Jacket Infestation On My Springville Property?
April 15, 2023 - Stinging Insects
Having yellow jackets on your property can make it difficult to enjoy certain activities in your yard. These flying insects have a painful sting and are known to be aggressive if you get too close to their nest.
At Bug Wranglers, we believe no pest should ever make someone scared to go outside in their yard. That is why our experienced Springville pest control specialists have been specially trained to understand the habits and behaviors of the yellow jackets that are found in this area. We know how to safely get rid of these dangerous and scary insects.
How To Identify A Yellow Jacket
Some people mistakenly think that yellow jackets are a type of bee. However, they are a species of wasp. Their bodies are shaped like a typical wasp's body, but they have more defined segments, and their "waists" are particularly narrow. They're usually about ? to ? of an inch long, and their bodies are completely covered in black and yellow stripes. On the top of their head, you will find two short antennae. And on their backs are two sets of wings, with the hind wings being slightly shorter than the front ones.
Why Yellow Jackets Are More Dangerous Than Other Wasps
Many people feel instant fear whenever they see a yellow jacket. This type of wasp is considered one of the most dangerous wasp species in the country.
Yellow jackets are social wasps that tend to live in large groups. They will build their nest in an elevated area, like on the edge of a roof or around an outdoor light fixture. They have also been known to live underground as well. No matter where they choose to live, their nests are rarely in an obvious place that is out in the open. This means that it is extremely easy for someone to accidentally stumble upon a yellow jacket nest.
Yellow jackets are extremely territorial and can become aggressive if you get too close to their nest. They are known to be one of the most aggressive types of wasps in this area. When they are defending their nest, many times, several yellow jackets will attack the person or animal that they perceive to be a threat. Unlike bees, yellow jackets can sting you multiple times without losing their stinger.
Yellow jackets inject venom when they sting. Some people are severely allergic to this venom. But even if you are not allergic, getting stung by multiple yellow jackets can cause you to receive too much venom, which can lead to life-threatening symptoms.
Why Do I Have A Yellow Jacket Problem Around My Home?
One of the reasons why yellow jackets are commonly mistaken for bees is because they, too, are attracted to sweet-tasting foods and drinks. Some of the things that can attract yellow jackets to your home include:
Having open juice or drink containers outside
Having uncovered trash cans outside your home
Wearing certain sweet-smelling perfumes or shampoos
Yellow jackets are omnivores that will eat insects as well as fruits and vegetables. If you have a garden, either the vegetation or the insects that can be found around the vegetation will attract yellow jackets to your property as well.
The Safe And Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Yellow Jacket Infestation
It can be extremely dangerous to try and remove a yellow jacket nest on your own. If you think you might have yellow jackets anywhere on your Springville property, you should give us a call as soon as possible. When you contact Bug Wranglers, we will assess the situation and come up with a plan to safely and effectively get rid of the yellow jackets and their nest.