Yellowjacket Colonies Gain Strength in Summer
Summer is the time when stinging yellow jackets gain strength in numbers and ruin enjoyment of Santa Clara County outdoor spaces. Yellowjacket control requires expertise and full body protection.
Yellowjacket queens mate in the fall and spend the winter months overwintering in a protected spot, often in structural voids. When they emerge in the spring, the queens begin the tireless task of building a nest, populating it with offspring, and raising the first generation of her brood. Once these wasps reach adulthood, they are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with being called a worker: expanding and fixing the nest, helping rear subsequent broods, foraging for food, and protecting the colony against external threats. Adult yellowjackets are pollinators, searching for nectar and other sweets, but they also collect protein-rich food like beetle grubs, which they bring back to the hive and feed to the larvae. Foraging yellowjackets have also been reported to take human food when it’s outside so keep your eyes open! Yellowjacket nests are typically below ground.
The ground nests are particularly troubling because they can easily go unnoticed. Children playing catch in the yard, or someone mowing a lawn may inadvertently disturb the nest and incur the unfortunate wrath of these stinging pests. Trust us, if you get too close to a yellowjacket nest, they will let you know! Unlike honey bees, yellowjackets and other stinging wasps are capable of, and willing to, sting repeatedly and pursue perceived threats. This is why Thrasher Pest Control Technicians approach yellowjacket nests with caution and in full bee gear. Don’t risk your health trying to treat or remove nests yourself; do the right thing and call Thrasher Pest Control today to come and take care of it for you and your family.
Thrasher pest control technician on his back treating a yellowjacket nest under a planter box. Note the full protective gear.