Yellow jacket stings contain venom and can lead to dangerous allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, especially children because of their small body size.
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp – different from hornets or honey bees – and can be aggressive. In the United States, there are two types:
- Eastern variety – yellow and black stripes
- Saxon – yellow and black with a red abdomen
Yellow jackets have yellow or light-colored faces, and only the female yellow jacket is able to sting. These predators resemble honey bees and hornets but do not have dense tan or brown hair and are unable to carry pollen. Yellow jackets have distinctive mouthparts that they uses to eat grasshoppers or beetles. When a yellow jacket attacks, the insect can insert a sharp stinging barb multiple times rather than only once.
Where Do Yellow Jackets Live?
This type of venomous insect lives in colonies with queens, drones and workers. The nests are located in the stumps of trees, hollow logs and man-made structures such as gazebos, fences and chimneys. In some cases, a nest is below the ground in a rabbit’s burrow or under a pile of dead foliage.
Playground equipment such as swing sets and jungle gyms provide tiny crevices where flying insects can enter to build a nest. If one predatory wasp is disturbed, then it will likely alert other insects, and you or a child can incur one or more stings that are painful and sometimes deadly.
How to Keep Your Property Clear of Yellow Jackets
Some of the ways to deter venomous insects from a property include clearing away old tree stumps and stacks of firewood. You should also make sure that there are no holes in building rooftops or crevices in siding where insects can enter. Inspect your children’s outdoor playground equipment to verify that wasps have not invaded hollow pieces of metal or wood to build a nest.
Call Us for Professional Pest Control
At Yes Pest Pros Inc. in Elkhart, Ind., we know how to remove stinging insects from a property safely, and our exterminators also make sure to take away the nest that contains pupae. We use environmentally-friendly chemicals that are nonpoisonous for humans or family pets. Customers can contact us in these cities with these telephone numbers:
- Columbus – 812-376-7575
- Bloomington – 812-332-2423
- South Bend and Elkhart – 1-800-524-8544
Most yellow jacket nests have between 5,000 and 15,000 insects, and to keep your family safe from stings, you must contact a professional pest control company.