There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects
typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.
Many say, the pattern resembles stripes. Signature to species, the
abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional
identify specific types of yellowjackets.
||Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
||Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch
Yellowjackets nest in the ground or in cavernous areas such as
eaves, attics, etc.... They feed on sweets and proteins and
commonly invade outdoor activities.
Yellowjackets can be found anyplace humans can be found. Check near
recycling bins or other areas where sugars are common but keep in
mind these pests also feed on protein. Yellowjackets become more
aggressive in autumn when the colony begins to die out except for
Yellowjackets pose significant health threats to humans as they may
sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Stinging insects
send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
Remain vigilant and call a pest professional if you suspect
yellowjacket activity. Control requires specialized equipment and
safety precautions. Do not leave sweet drinks or meats in
accessible areas. For example, clean up and remove food and trash
after picnics and outdoor events.