Tag: Yellow Jackets

Hornets and Yellow Jackets — What’s the Buzz

Hornet The most common hornet species is the bald-faced hornet (D. maculata), which is stout-bodied and marked with dark and white striping. Stings from hornets usually occur when nests are disturbed. Yellow Jacket Yellow jackets (Vespula spp.) are banded yellow or orange and black and... more
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Social Hornets and Yellow Jackets

Hornets and yellow jackets are social wasps and can build nests with many members. Their nests may be placed in exposed areas or in burrows below ground. Yellow jackets and hornets can be very aggressive and, unlike bees, they can sting repeatedly. If threatened, they can also release an alarm... more
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Wasps, Hornets, and Yellow jackets

Wasp and hornet stings are a serious threat to public health. Allergic reactions to these venomous insects account for about 225,000 emergency room visits and as many as 100 deaths per year in the U.S. (a mortality rate that may be under reported due to deaths mistakenly attributed to heart... more
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Yellow Jackets pheromone signals others

The pheromone signals other yellow jackets to attack and sting with extreme prejudice. Yellow jackets are capable of multiple stings but only to a limited extent. Contrary to common belief, they have barbs on their stingers and many will lose their stingers and be eviscerated in the process,... more
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Yellow Jacket behaviors

Yellow jackets share much behavior and ecology with their relatives the European hornet. Females usually spend the winter in protected locations outdoors and start new colonies in the spring. These colonies can be underground, within voids in walls or man-made structures such as sheds or old cars,... more
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These brightly colored wasps – Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets are one of the most troublesome insects known to man. These brightly colored wasps possess a fiery sting and bite seemingly out of proportion to their size. Aggressive: yellow jackets are more aggressive than other stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, mud daubers or... more
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Yellow Jackets, Wasps & Bees A Threat in Late Summer & Fall

The late summer and early fall are popular times to spend outdoors at barbecues or completing home maintenance projects. It is also the season that stinging insects - including yellow jackets, wasps and bees are most active and aggressive, leading to an increased number of stings. The National... more
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Keep your Backyard BBQ Pest-Free

From hiking, biking and swimming to more leisurely afternoons spent lounging in the backyard, homeowners across the country get outside to enjoy the warm weather on weekends, holidays and vacations throughout the summer months. If your summer is filled with outdoor activities, you’re joined by... more
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Stinging Insects Still Buzzing

Stinging insects such as yellow jackets, wasps and hornets send more than 500,000 people to the emergency room each year. And, if that's not bad enough, they become extra feisty in late summer and early fall when their colonies forage for food to sustain their queens during the winter months. While... more
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Massachusetts Most Common Pests

Mosquitoes There are close to twenty documented mosquito species in eastern Massachusetts alone. These pests tend to live near standing water because that’s where they breed. Mosquito populations are constantly tested for diseases like West Nile, Triple E and most recently the Zika Virus.... more
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