Category: Bees, Hornets & Wasps

Yellowjacket Wasp Behavior

Yellowjackets, in particular, may be late season pests around picnics, trash cans, and hummingbird feeders as they scavenge. The only way to control this situation is to locate and destroy the nest, which is rarely possible. As an alternative, keep all outdoor food and drinks covered when not... more
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Yellow Jackets Early Fall

Yellow jackets often nest underground in rodent burrows, so if you see lots of flying insects emerging from a hole in the ground, they're probably yellow jackets. By late summer early fall, a colony may contain thousands of individuals that will aggressively defend their nests from intruders.... more
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How Yellow Jacket Wasps Affect Honey Bees

In a beehive, yellow jacket wasps eat honey and destroy honeycomb, kill adult bees, eat honey bee eggs and chew up honey bee brood to feed to their larvae. Beekeepers have reported yellow jackets even killing the queen bee in a honey bee colony. It is not clear if the yellow jackets can identify... more
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Which is worse, a hornet or a wasp?

The debate between hornets vs. wasps and which one is worse has been a hot issue for many nature experts and enthusiasts. Some beekeepers argue that both are bad for their bee colonies because they prey on bees and larvae. Not to mention, hornets vs. wasps stings are painful to deal with if you... more
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What Yellow jackets eat?

Like many other flying insects, adult Yellow jackets feed on sugary substances such as flower nectar, fruit, and the occasional soda when they find an open can. What makes Yellow jackets unique is that they consume protein in their larval stage. Workers bring insects and other types of meat back to... more
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Yellow jacket Habitats

Yellow jackets are found worldwide, and there are about 16 species that reside in the U.S. They are social insects that have annual colonies; only the queen lives through winter to start a new colony in the spring. Depending on the species, the queen will pick either an underground or aerial site... more
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Appearance of Yellow Jackets

Not surprisingly, yellow jackets get their common name from their typical black and yellow color pattern banded across their abdomens. They are primarily flying insects, similar to bees, but are more noticeably segmented with a very small ‘waist.’ While most species are yellow and black, some... more
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When Yellow Jackets attack

Yellow jackets are normally very slow to sting, but they are also very territorial. If the entrance to their nest is approached, they will become very aggressive. They can sting multiple times, and their stings can be very painful. People who are allergic to their venom could have a severe... more
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Bald-Faced Hornets Prevention

How to Get Rid of Bald-Faced Hornets If you find a bald-faced hornet nest on your home or property, do not attempt to remove it on your own as this can aggravate the colony and cause the hornets to sting. Contact a licensed pest control professional about proper hornet removal to avoid the risk... more
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What yellow jackets eat

Like many other flying insects, adult yellow jackets feed on sugary substances such as flower nectar, fruit, and the occasional soda when they find an open can. What makes yellow jackets unique is that they consume protein in their larval stage. Workers bring insects and other types of meat back to... more
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