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What The Souderton Pest Professionals Want You To Know About Yellow Jackets

July 10, 2020


Flying insects are often agitating. They persistently flutter about, interrupting outdoor activities. Several species do a lot more damage though. Mosquitoes, for instance, suck your blood and leave itchy bites on your body. In the midst of this, they can transmit disease. Carpenter bees can destroy wood, getting at the foundations of a Souderton home or business.

Yellow jackets are among the buzzing bugs that cause great harm. Though their pollination and feeding habits sustain environmental systems, they can sting humans and send them to the hospital. It’s important to know how to keep these critters away and utilize the help of Moyer Pest Control.

a yellow jacket landing on fruit

The Appearance, Behavior & Risks of Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets range in size from 3/8 to ⅝ of an inch long. The majority have black and yellow bodies, but some are black and white. While they are often mistaken for bees, they have less hair, and their waists are thinner and more pronounced. Their wings stretch out slightly past their frame.

In addition to nectar and other insects, yellow jackets feed on sweets and meats. Their search for these items is the primary reason they’ll swarm around your property. You’ll likely see them surrounding trash cans and grills. Near attics, foundation voids, sidewalk crevices, tree bases, and beneath steps and patios are where they will nest. They prefer to build their homes by the ground, but they’ll sometimes create shelters on branches and in bushes. Aerial nests are a chief sign of infestation. Their productions will look like paper mache.

Should a yellow-jacket sting you, it will be painful. The localized area on your skin will swell and redden. It will feel itchy and warm. It’s possible to experience additional symptoms, especially if you’re stung more than once and/or are allergic to their venom. These insects can hit you multiple times in a short period. Other risks and symptoms include:

  • Secondary bacterial infections

  • Flushed skin or fainting

  • Respiratory difficulty

  • Cardio-respiratory arrest

  • Headache

  • Nausea

  • Fever

  • Diarrhea

  • Convulsions

  • Kidney problems

  • Inflammation of the nerves, brain, or blood vessels

Preventing Yellow Jackets

To make your property less attractive to yellow jackets, you’ll have to put some effort into the landscaping of your home or business. You’ll also have to keep a neat exterior. Having a green thumb or doing outdoor work may sound unappealing, but the endeavor will be worth it. You’ll be able to relax on your deck or lawn without being fearful. Perform the following actions:

  • Frequently trim and groom your flowers, plants, shrubbery, and bushes.

  • Place greenery two feet or more away from your doors and entryways.

  • Remove trash, debris, and dead organic matter from your lawn, gutters, and vents.

  • Get airtight canisters for your garbage, routinely remove trash, and don’t leave food out on your deck.

  • Clean around your porch often.

  • Seal cracks in foundations, windows, and doors.

  • Call Moyer Pest Control if you have other critters yellow jackets can feed on.

Moyer Pest Control Yellow Jacket Extermination

Under no circumstances should you try to take out yellow jackets or their nests on your own, whether there seems to be activity or not. It’s easy to aggravate these critters and worsen your problems with them. Contacting Moyer Pest Control is a wiser choice, and can keep you out of the hospital.

For over 150 years, we’ve kept Souderton homes and businesses yellow jacket and pest free. We use the latest techniques and technology to eliminate insects and creatures, with long-lasting effects. Our wallet-friendly plans come with service guarantees and regular visits, so you are always covered. Give us a ring today!

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