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Yellow jacket control

Yellow jackets are aggressive stinging insects that are commonly encountered throughout the United States in the summer and fall. Builders of large ball-shaped nests, yellow jackets earn their namesake for their typical black and yellow colors.

As is the case with many other types of wasps, yellow jackets in general are viewed as very beneficial creatures. Yellow jackets feed on arthropods like ants that can potentially become pests.  However, yellow jackets can inflict a painful sting on humans if disturbed. 

Individual yellow jackets can sting a victim multiple times. For some people, yellow jacket stings can be life threatening. 

Do not attempt to remove the nest yourself as yellow jacket removal should always be left to trained professionals. Call 1-800-837-5520 or contact Ehrlich online to request a free inspection of your property. 

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What are yellowjackets?

Often mistaken for bees, due to their yellow-and-black coloring, yellow jackets are actually wasps. At about 1 1/2 inches long, they triple the average honey bee in length. Although the end of the warm-weather months means larvae production stops and males die off after mating, the yellow jacket is at its most active during the late summer. These beneficial wasps live in colonies with thousands of individuals and would be a lesser threat to humans, were it not for their opportunistic behavior of nesting in structural voids, attics, and cavities associated with landscaping features. Adult yellowjackets feed mainly on fruit juices and other sweet liquid materials, whereas their larvae are fed bits of soft-bodied insects.

Yellowjacket nests

Yellowjackets can be divided into ground nesters (wasps that nest in old rodent burrows), and aerial nesters. Above-ground nests are found among the leafy branches of trees and shrubs and also on structures. The entrance of the nest is normally a hole located at the bottom. These aerial nesters don’t become scavengers in the fall, but they are extremely defensive when their nests are disturbed. Locating the nest, through observing flight patterns, is essential to eliminate them.

Yellowjackets build spherical nests that grow to the size of a basketball or larger. Unlike paper wasps who only build their nests above ground, yellowjackets will build both aerial and underground nesting sites. Nests can grow to more than 15,000 members in some species. 

Aerial yellowjacket nests can be found in many different places in or around a home, including: 

  • Structural voids on homes
  • Sheds
  • Garages
  • Shrubs
  • Bushes

Yellowjacket stings most often occur when homeowners attempt to remove nests themselves. We strongly recommend relying on the expertise of a pest control professional to remove yellow jacket nests. 

Yellowjacket removal services

Yellowjackets have a reputation for being one of the most aggressive stinging insects. Usually, they won’t sting unless provoked. However, they can get more aggressive in the early fall as resources begin to dwindle. Yellowjacket stings pose a more serious threat to humans than bees, because a yellowjackets stinger is not barbed like a honey bee, allowing it to sting repeatedly. Some individuals are more sensitive than others, due to allergic reactions, and should seek medical attention when stung.

Property owners can count on their local Ehrlich pest experts to deliver yellowjacket removal services that are both safe and effective. 

  • Inspection - When you contact Ehrlich, a Technician will be scheduled to conduct a full inspection and confirm if your property has in fact been infested by yellowjackets or some other stinging pest.

  • Treatment Recommendation - The Technician will then make a treatment recommendation to the customer once a thorough inspection of the premises and yard is completed. The Technician will recommend treatment solutions that have shown to successfully get rid of yellowjackets. The customer will receive a quote for services and the Technician will answer any questions the customer has. 

  • Yellowjacket Removal - Once the services are agreed upon with the customer, the Technician will carry out the task of treating all nests on the property wearing protective stinging insect gear. If the yellowjackets on the property have built an aerial nest, the Technician will use an extension pole to treat the nests. Once it has been confirmed that all adult yellowjackets have been eliminated, the Technician will remove the nest.  


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