Yellow Jackets: Get Rid of Them Once & For All!

Most people would say that wasps, bees, and anything with a stinger, are the worst thing about nice weather. Being stung is quite the painful experience. Best Pest Control at Lake of the Ozarks has a few tips when it comes to one specific flying stinger: the yellow jacket. Let's take a look at what makes these creatures so bothersome and what steps you can take to get rid of them once and for all!

Above or Below Ground
A yellow jacket nest can be difficult to find. Some species of yellow jacket like to build their nests in the trunk of trees, or in cracks of a building. This puts them in closer proximity to humans, leaving people at risk of being stung. Alternatively, another species popular in the Mid-west burrows into the ground, making a nest that is difficult to discover.

What Attracts a Yellow Jacket
Yellow jackets are attracted to a lot of human foods. Namely, meats, candies, and garbage all attract the insects. Keeping a tight lid on the garbage bin, and cleaning up properly after that family picnic are simple ways to avoid becoming a prime nesting location for the yellow jackets.

The Sting
Unfortunately, yellow jackets are an aggressive pest. They are incredibly defensive of their nest, so if you happen across one unknowingly, it can spell utter disaster (and pain) for everyone involved. Even worse still, unlike bees, yellow jackets are capable of stinging multiple times. The best way to avoid being stung by an agitated nest is to leave the area as soon as possible, and warn others nearby to avoid it as well.

Nest Size
No good news here either. Starting new every spring, a single yellow jacket queen can build a nest between 1,500 to 15,000 insects strong. The only good thing is that by the winter, the nest dies off leaving only the queen. She will create a new nest when the weather begins to heat up.

Eliminating a Yellow Jacket Colony
The best and safest way to eliminate a yellow jacket colony is to call in a pest control company. Upon arrival, the first thing they will do is identify the location of the nest. It's best to let the experts get rid of unwanted pests - remember, this is an aggressive pest and you do NOT want to get stung! Once the nest is identified, the easiest way to eliminate it is to return at night. Yellow jackets have terrible eyesight, and return to the nest at night. There are several options to eliminating a yellow jacket problem, from aerosol insecticides to powders and live traps. 

Avoid the Problem
The easiest way to avoid a yellow jacket colony, is to prevent them from forming in the first place. At the best pest control company at Lake of the Ozarks, we can eliminate a nest before it grows, stopping the queen from creating a new colony of "missiles". Before you get stung trying to eliminate an aggressive colony, give Best Pest Control a call, we'd rather solve the problem with the yellow jackets for you than see you in harms way!


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