No one likes getting stung by a yellow jacket, but unfortunately, they seem to be everywhere this summer. Why are these aggressive yellow jackets out in full force? There are a few reasons. For one, queen yellow jackets mate and lay eggs in the spring. So, by summer, there are many more of them. Secondly, they are attracted to sugar and protein, which means they are often found near picnics and barbecues.
Finally, they are attracted to light-colored clothing, so wearing yellow or white may make you a target. The best way to avoid getting stung is to be aware of their nesting sites and avoid them if possible.
In this blog you’ll learn:
- Why yellow jackets swarm your backyard parties & outdoor events during the summer
- How dangerous are yellow jackets, really?
- How to identify yellow jackets & protect your family from painful yellow jacket stings
- How A1 Exterminators protects you and your family from insect & yellow jacket swarms
Why Yellow Jackets Swarm Your Backyard Parties & Outdoor Events
If you’ve ever hosted a backyard party during the summer, chances are you’ve experienced the unwelcome presence of yellow jackets. These pesky insects are attracted to the sweet smell of food and drinks, and they’re not afraid to crash your party. While they may seem harmless, yellow jackets can actually be quite dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about why yellow jackets swarm your backyard parties – and how to keep them away.
How Dangerous Are Insects & Yellow Jackets, Really?
Yellow jackets are one of the most dangerous types of insects in North America. They are known for their aggressive behavior and their painful sting. Yellow jackets are most active in the summer and fall, and they are often found near sources of food, such as garbage cans. If you see a yellow jacket, it is important to stay calm and move slowly away from the insect. If you are stung by a yellow jacket, seek medical attention immediately.
What To Do If You’re Stung By a Yellow Jacket
If you are unfortunate enough to get stung by a yellow jacket, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. First, try to remove the stinger if it is still in your skin. You can do this by gently scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail. If the stinger is still in place, you can use a tweezers to remove it. Once the stinger is out, wash the area with soap and water. Apply a cold compress to the area to help reduce swelling. If you are allergic to bee stings, seek medical attention immediately.
How To Identify Yellow Jackets & Other Dangerous Insects
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp that can be found in North America. They are usually yellow and black, and can be around 5 cm long. If you see one, it is important to be careful, as they can be aggressive, and will sting if they feel threatened. If you think you have seen a yellow jacket, the best thing to do is to call an exterminator.
Don’t forget, yellow jackets have:
- Bee-sized, black insect
- Distinct yellow markings on the head
- Yellow bands around the abdomen
Where Do Yellow Jackets Live During The Summer
In the summer, yellow jackets habitats typically live in their nests, which are often located in the ground. Sometimes, however, they will build their nests in trees or other elevated areas. Yellow jackets are most active during the day, and they typically spend their days searching for food.
These nests can be found in a variety of places, including cracks in sidewalks, under porches, and in trees. Yellow jackets are social insects, so their nests typically contain hundreds of individual insects.
Depending on the species, the queen will pick either an underground or aerial site to build her nest. Common places for a nest are attached to bushes, trees, or the eaves of homes. Yellow jacket nests are built with a recognizable paper-like material made from chewed cellulose.
How A1 Exterminators Protects You & Your Family From Insects & Yellow Jackets All Year Round
Bee Control, Wasp Control, Hornet Control & Stinging Insect Control
Yellow Jackets, Bees, hornets and wasps are in the same family of flying, stinging insects. Although crucial in the pollinating process of plant growth, they can be a real nuisance and a hazard. If a bee, hornet or wasp sets up a nest or hive in your yard where your children play, or near an outdoor eating area where employees eat their lunch, it can be dangerous. Many people are allergic to these stinging insects and it can turn into an emergency. Pesky bees and wasps nests are best to be handled by the professionals who are trained to do so in a contained manner, without making the bees aggressive.