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Wasps & Yellow Jackets

large black and yellow wasp found in a home in pennsylvania

Common paper wasp in PA

wasp found in a home in quakertown pa

Illustration of a common PA wasp

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What are wasps and yellow jackets?

Both wasps and yellow jackets are actually beneficial insects because they help control the populations of many other insects and spiders.  They are social insects who live in colonies.  Yellow jackets are 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch in length and usually have black and yellow banded abdomens.  Wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch in length and depending on the species may be black, brown, yellow or orange in color.  Yellow jackets have a wider abdomen and shorter legs than wasps.  

Why do I have them?

There are many reasons why homeowners have these stinging insects on their property.  Under soffits, behind shutters and in gutter systems are all great places for yellow jackets and wasps to build their nests and they will be more common during the warm summer months.

Are they dangerous?

Yellow jackets and wasps can be dangerous for individuals who have an allergy to their sting; however they are mostly considered a nuisance rather than a dangerous pest.

How do I get rid of yellow jackets and wasps?

Getting rid of yellow jackets and wasps can be very difficult and dangerous and should be left to the professionals.  A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of a yellow jacket or wasp nest and recommend one of our 3 levels of service to help you get rid of yellow jackets and wasps.  

Can I do it myself?

Yellow jackets and wasps are not pests many homeowners have much success in eliminating on their own. It can be very dangerous as well if you attempt to spray the nest with a hose or knock it down because it aggravates the members of the colony and they will attack.  Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays to rid your property of yellow jackets and wasps simply do not work as the chemicals they use are not effective.  Also, if misused or mixed improperly, pesticides can be very dangerous to people, pets or plants.

Is the treatment safe?

The health and safety of our customers, their families or employees is very important to us and that is why we use Integrated Pest Management products and treatments that are EPA registered for pest control use.  In addition, all of our Service Professionals™ are registered and licensed by the state or local jurisdictions where we provide service to ensure proper application.  

How soon can you get here?

Moyer Service Professionals™ are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Many pest problems can be difficult to prevent so most of our customers choose one of our 3 comprehensive, year round home pest control programs to ensure yellow jackets and wasps stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Indoor | Outdoor service?

Moyer provides service in Souderton, Kulpsville, Telford, and throughout Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks and Montgomery Counties as well as parts of Chester, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties.