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Wasp & Yellow Jacket Identification


What are wasps and yellow jackets?

Wasps and yellow jackets are social stinging insects that live together in colonies. Yellow jackets are 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch long and usually have black and yellow banded abdomens. Wasps are 3/4 to 1 inch long 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. Both wasps and yellow jackets are actually beneficial insects in nature because they help control the populations of many other insects and spiders.

wasps crawling on a wooden structure in souderton pennsylvania

Why do I have them?

There are many reasons why homeowners may find 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. These stinging insects will be more common during the warm summer months.

Are wasps and yellow jackets dangerous?

Yes, wasps and yellow jackets can be dangerous. Not only can they deliver painful stings, but those stings can also be particularly dangerous or sometimes even fatal to those who are allergic to them.

How do I get rid of wasps and yellow jackets?

Getting rid of yellow jackets and wasps can be a very difficult and dangerous task and should be left to the professionals. A Moyer Service Professional™ can confirm the presence of a yellow jacket or wasp nest on your property and recommend one of our three levels of pest protection to help you get rid of them.

Can I do it myself?

Yellow jackets and wasps are not pests many homeowners have success in eliminating on their own. It can also be very dangerous if you attempt to spray the nest with a hose or knock it down as this will aggravate the members of the colony and they will attack. Many do-it-yourself repellents and sprays intended 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 their 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 three comprehensive, year-round home pest control programs to ensure yellow jackets and wasps stay out of their home or business.

Where does Moyer Pest Control service?

Moyer provides pest control solutions in Souderton, Kulpsville, Telford, and throughout the Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, and Montgomery counties as well as parts of the Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia Counties. Visit our Service Area page for more information on our service area!

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