How to Handle Yellow Jackets | Arrow Exterminating

How to Handle Yellow Jackets

Ed Robinson | Posted on September 6, 2018

Closeup on a wasp's head.

Have you ever had a cookout or picnic and ended up running away from swarming, flying pests? It happens to all of us and sometimes an escape may be unsuccessful and people get stung. More often than not, the creatures responsible are yellow jackets. They are wasps that can become a particular problem in late summer and early autumn, and if they’re on your property, you need to get them off, because yellow jackets can be particularly aggressive when you’re near their nest. If you think you have a yellow jacket infestation, you need to get rid of them with Arrow Exterminating.

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The Basics of Yellow Jackets

According to Pest World, the official website of the National Pest Management Association, yellow jackets get their names from the black and yellow color pattern that are visible across their abdomen. They are flying insects with stingers, similar to bees, but yellow jackets are actually wasps.

As we mentioned, yellow jackets are often present when human food is easily accessible. Yellow jackets like to feed on sugary substances like soda, juices, fruits and vegetables, candy and ice cream.  That’s why they’ll show up at your picnic or cookout, or congregate near trash cans.

Yellow jackets have large nests that can be concealed in various places on your property. As we mentioned, wasps can become aggressive in defending their nests and their stings can be dangerous. They can even turn deadly if you are allergic to their stings. For example, a New Hampshire man who was doing electrical work outside his home recently died as a result of a severe allergic reaction, according to Fox News.

Arrow Exterminating Will Combat Yellow Jackets

If you’ve been stung by a yellow jacket and you’re allergic, it’s highly recommended that you carry an EpiPen, according to MultiCare Health Systems. Once you’ve been stung, someone who’s allergic will break out in hives and you could begin going into anaphylactic shock. The sting can turn fatal within 5 minutes. If you don’t have an allergic reaction, a cold compress should reduce inflammation, if there’s still noticeable swelling, take an antihistamine such as Benadryl as well.

You should also take steps to avoid attracting yellow jackets. The San Francisco Chronicle suggests covering and sealing all garbage cans and recycling containers and storing all pet food indoors. Yellow jackets are beneficial to agriculture so unless there’s an imminent danger to someone who has an allergy, or if they have a nest in a dangerous place it may be best to keep it where it is because winter weather tends to kill off colonies. If you do have a nest Arrow can use an aerosol or dust insecticide to get rid of any above ground infestations and seal below ground pests.

Arrow Exterminating has expertise in finding yellow jacket and preventing them from harming you. For all of your pest control needs, contact us today.

 

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