Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are about 1/2 inch in length, black and bright yellow in color, and have a rapid side to side flight pattern prior to landing. They are a social wasp with multiple layered nest housing, up to 5,000 wasps per nest. Most yellow jackets nest in the ground with an opening that ranges in size, from golf ball to softball, and will aggressively defend their nest. They can be found at the bases of trees, under steps, on porches, and cracks in sidewalks. Areal nest can be built on low hanging branches, bushes and corners on buildings.  Ocassionally, they will nest in wall voids and attics.  Evidence of this can be seen by a slow growing wet spot caused by the nest. Being curious, people have poked their finger through the deteriorated area and disturbed the nest.

 

  • Not to be confused for honeybees, the difference being, yellow jackets are smaller, faster and brighter yellow in color.
  • Because they do not lose their stinger, or die after stinging, they are capable of stinging repeatedly.
  • The most dangerous time to encounter their nest is at dawn and at dusk, while they are most active leaving to and coming back from foraging.
  • When threatened, they releases a pheromone as an alarm alerting others.
  • If chased, run in a zig-zag pattern, and seek the shelter of a building or car.  Do not jump in the water; they will wait for you to resurface.

 

The best way to solve a wasp problem, is to have a pest control professional properly identify the type of wasp and safely perform the proper treatment and/or removal. We are highly trained and equipped to handle your situation.

 

Paper Wasps are 3/4 to 1-1/2 inch in length with a spine shaped waist, and are usually yellow with brown circular stripes, or black with red or yellow circular stripes. Wasps are social insects, and live in colonies in above ground nest. Their nest is made of a grayish papery material (from chewed plant materials) that is shaped like an inverted umbrella, and is generally about the size of a hand. Nests contain five to 30 wasps. Nests are usually found hanging under eaves, but can be found in trees, attics and other structures. Like yellow jackets, paper wasps will attack when they feel threatened, and they do not lose their stinger so they can also sting multiple times.

 

The best way to solve a wasp problem, is to have a pest control professional properly identify the type of wasp, and safely perform the proper treatment and/or removal. We are highly trained and equipped to handle your situation.

 

Mud Daubers are 3/4 to 1 inch in length with a long, narrow spine-like waist and are varied in color from a dull black, black with bright yellow markings to an iridescent blue-black. Their nests are constructed and provided by individual mated females. Mud daubers are solitary wasps that constructs small nests using mud, and are known to occupy an area year after year if left undisturbed. They build their nest in hidden areas and out of the elements such as in garages, under eaves and in other buildings. After completing the nest, the female collects several insects, placing them and a single egg in a cell sealing it with mud. After she finishes a series of cells, she will  leave and not return. The larvae will hatch and feed on the prey left inside, and a new adult will emerge to start the process over again. Mud daubers do not defend their nests as other wasps do, and although capable of stinging, they are rarely aggressive, even if aroused. They may sting if handled. If needed, the nest can be scraped off at night and discarded.

 

The best way to solve a wasp problem, is to have a pest control professional properly identify the type of wasp and safely perform the proper treatment and/or removal. We are highly trained, and equipped to handle your situation.