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What do yellow jackets look like?
Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees, but they are actually a type of wasp. They are also smaller than bees and much more aggressive. Yellow jackets are black with distinctive yellow markings, they typically establish nests in the ground and are very social. In fact, they may live in colonies with thousands of members.
Are yellow jackets dangerous?
Yes, yellow jackets are considered to be dangerous. They are an aggressive stinging insect, which means they won’t back down from a fight if threatened and are actually capable of stinging victims (people or pets) multiple times. Yellow jacket stings can cause serious allergic reactions in some individuals and can be life threatening.
Why do I have a yellow jacket problem?
Yellow jackets are drawn to properties because there is generally easy access to food and water sources. They most often build their nests in the ground but sometimes will find a way indoors and once inside, build a nest in attic or behind wall voids. It is not uncommon to instigate a fight by unknowingly mowing over a nest in the ground.
How do you get rid of yellow jackets?
Contact Thomas Pest Services if you need help getting rid of yellow jackets. We offer wasp control for the Capital District and Adirondack region. Our experts will eliminate yellow jackets from your home and offer solutions to prevent future problems with yellow jackets and other stinging insects.
Yellow jacket prevention tips
To keep yellow jackets away from your family and property, we recommend:
Filling in any holes in the ground.
Sealing up opening around windows, and doors and around attic spaces to prevent yellow jackets from being able to enter your home or other buildings on your property.
Sealing food when eating outside and cleaning up as soon as the meal is finished.
Keeping sugary drinks covered