Did uninvited guests show up at last back yard cookout? No, not the neighbors down the street, but yellow jackets, a type of wasp. Yellow jackets can be aggressive and deliver multiple painful stings that can cause an allergic reaction. It’s best to get rid of yellow jackets’ nests as soon as they show up.
Yellow jackets feed on flies and other insects. But, they also feed on sugars and protein, which is why they are often found near trash bins, and picnic areas. You can help prevent yellow jackets in your yard by keeping your garbage cans tightly closed and not leaving pet food outside.
Yellow jackets are social insects and live in colonies. By late summer and early fall, there may be thousands of workers in one colony. Colonies are often found in the ground where they burrow a cavity for their nest. They will also build nests under porches or stairs, attached to eaves, in attics, or in cracks or voids on the exterior of structures.
Here are some points to consider before rushing out to kill that yellow jacket nest:
Be careful! If you know you are allergic to yellow jackets, leave this job to the professionals and call in your local pest control company.
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