Yellowjacket, meat bee, and ground bee are all terms that refer to the aggressive ground-nesting yellow and black wasps known for inflicting multiple stings. Unlike paper wasps and mud daubers, yellowjacket wasps are the picnic pests of summer. These wasps swarm meat and sweets, find their way into soda cans, and converge on garbage cans and drinking fountains. Squished yellowjackets release an alarm pheromone that sends a signal to other yellowjackets in the area to attack. Yellowjackets nest in abandoned rodent burrows. Disturbing a yellowjacket nest can result in multiple stings. This can occur when someone accidentally steps on an underground nest opening or disturbs a nest in a shrub or building. Sometimes merely coming near a nest, especially if it has been disturbed previously, can provoke a painful attack.
Getting rid of a yellowjacket wasp nest is not for the DIYer. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control technicians have the protective gear and proper materials to deal with wasp nests. Contact us for yellowjacket control and for all your pest problems.
In the spring, yellowjackets feast on flower nectar. During the summer, they become the number one picnic problem pest.
Controlling yellowjackets begins with locating the yellowjacket nest. Our technicians then put on a sting resistant suit and gloves before treating the nest. Once safe to do so, our technicians then remove the nest ensure that yellowjacket eggs and pupae are destroyed. In instances where we cannot remove the nest (such as when it is located in an inaccessible void in a building structure), our technicians will seal the nest entry and exit as practical.