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Yellowjackets

Vespula spp.

Description

There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.

Habits

Yellowjackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies
with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer
and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. Yellowjackets feed
on sweets and proteins, and therefore commonly invade outdoor
events.

Habitat

Yellowjackets can be found anywhere humans are found. They build
paper carton nests out of chewed up cellulose, which are usually
found in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and
attics.

Threats

Yellowjacket stings pose significant health threats to humans,
as they are territorial and will sting if threatened. They are
known to sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions.
Yellowjackets and other stinging insects send over 500,000 people
to the emergency room each year.

  • Color: Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Wasp-like
  • Size: Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Region: Found throughout U.S.

Prevention

Looking to get rid of yellowjackets? Call a pest professional if you suspect yellowjacket activity on the property. Because of their tendency to sting when threatened, yellowjacket control requires specialized equipment and safety precautions. Homeowners should remove garbage frequently, keep trashcans covered, and ensure all doors and windows have screens that are in good condition. People should also avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and the scent attracts yellowjackets.

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