Pest Guide : What are Yellow Jackets?

What You Need to Know About Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are a type of social wasp that can be found in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia. Yellow Jackets are very common in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. These insects are often identified by their distinctive yellow and black stripes, although some species may have different colors or patterns. They are part of the genus Vespula, which includes several different species found throughout North America. While they may look similar to bees, they are actually quite different in behavior and appearance.

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How to Identify a Yellow Jacket Infestation

Yellow Jackets are a very aggressive wasp.

Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket: Workers are 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long. They are black with yellow markings. Their wings fold along the length of the Yellow Jackets body. Yellow Jackets are different from the other species because they prefer to make nests in the ground and their nests include hundreds of cells. You can find Yellow Jacket nests behind walls, in attics, or in trees.

Yellow Jackets live in large colonies. They are often found around garbage cans and picnics, as they are attracted to sweet and sugary substances. They build their nests in underground burrows, tree stumps, and other protected areas. Yellow Jackets are active during the day and are most active in the late summer and early fall.

Yellow Jackets have a lifespan of several months, with new generations of workers and queens emerging throughout the summer months.


Common Questions About Yellow Jackets

There are several reasons why you might have Yellow Jackets on your property. They are attracted to sweet and sugary substances, so if you have open garbage cans or uncovered food and sweet drinks such as sodas or juices, they may be drawn to your yard. They may also be attracted to flowers, so if you have a garden or landscaping with flowers, you may be more likely to have Yellow Jackets. Additionally, if you have a nest on your property, it may be difficult to get rid of them without the help of a professional.

Yes, Yellow Jackets can be dangerous, especially if they feel threatened or are disturbed. They are considered to be one of the most aggressive types of wasps, and they can be dangerous to humans and pets. They will often sting multiple times and their stings can be very painful. For some people, Yellow Jacket stings can also cause severe allergic reactions that can be life-threatening. If you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, it is important to take precautions to avoid Yellow Jackets and seek medical attention immediately if you are stung.



It is possible to remove Yellow Jackets yourself, but it can be dangerous and is not recommended if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings. If you choose to do it yourself, you should wear protective clothing and use a specialized insecticide spray that is designed specifically for wasps and hornets. You will also need to find and destroy the nest, which can be difficult if it is hidden underground or in a tree stump.

If you are not comfortable removing Yellow Jackets yourself or if you are allergic to bee or wasp stings, it is best to call a professional exterminator. They have the training and equipment necessary to safely remove the Yellow Jackets and their nest. They will also be able to help you prevent Yellow Jackets from coming back in the future.

Tips for Preventing Yellow Jackets

  • Keep your food and garbage covered and properly disposed of.
  • Avoid leaving food and especially sweet drinks out in the open.
  • Seal up any cracks or gaps in your home's exterior to prevent yellow jackets from getting inside.
  • Avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes or lotions when spending time outdoors.
  • Keep your outdoor spaces clean and free of clutter, such as piles of leaves or brush.

How My Pest Pros Helps Eliminate Yellow Jackets

Professional Yellow Jackets exterminators such as My Pest Pros technicians are trained to identify and eliminate aggressive pests such as Yellow Jackets. By identifying and then using the appropriate EPA-approved products, we can eliminate Yellow Jacket threats and protect your family and pets in Northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland.

Our trained professionals will create an effective treatment plan to not only eradicates current problems but also provides preventative care. With our protection plans, stinging pests will be eradicated both now and in the future with regular treatment visits.

Ultimately, hiring a professional exterminator such as My Pest Pros can help to protect your family from the potential dangers of Yellow Jackets. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to safely and effectively eliminate these pests and prevent them from returning.

For ultimate protection, our professionals will work with you to find a customized solution for your Yellow Jackets pest problems, today and tomorrow.

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