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How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

How to Get Rid of Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets, (Dolichovespula and Vespula), obviously get their name from the coloring on their bodies, and they measure about 10-16 mm in length. Most yellow jackets are black and yellow, although some may have white and black coloring instead of yellow and black. The yellow jacket’s waist is thinner and defined, unlike that of a bumblebee, and the yellow jacket’s elongated wings are as long as their body and fold laterally in a resting position.

Yellow jackets are wasps that can be identified by their alternating black and yellow body segments and small size. Yellow jackets are often mistaken for bees, although their bodies lack the same amount of hair, rounded abdomen, and the expanded hind leg used for carrying pollen that you find on bees. Yellow Jackets are social wasps that live in large colonies that may house thousands of them at a time. If you find a yellow jacket nest near or in your home, you should immediately call a pest control specialist like the ones at Animal & Pest Control Specialist, Inc. serving Castle Rock and surrounding areas.

If you seek out pest control in Castle Rock for eradicating yellow jackets, the steps taken to get rid of the Yellow Jackets will be similar to most all pest control specialists. At APCS, however, we do it right the very first time.

Because yellow jackets serve many benefits, their nests should only be eradicated when they pose a direct stinging threat to people or pets. Once it’s clearly determined that the yellow jackets are a threat, then a treatment plan can be put into place by a pest control specialist. Yellow jackets almost always build their nests below the ground, but they may also build them in hidden, protected locations above the ground. Once the nest has been found, pest control specialists will be able to determine the most effective products and methods to get rid of the nest.

The treatment products for yellow jacket eradication include various insecticide dust and aerosol products. The specific products and application methods will depend on whether the nest is above or below ground. For below ground nests, the best tool is an insecticide dust, which is applied to the below ground part of the nest and to the nest entrance.

For aerial nests, a dust or aerosol product is best, and we may perform the treatment work after dark when most of the yellow jackets are in the nest, and then when the nest is inactive, it can be removed and destroyed safely.

To prevent yellow jackets from nesting, keep trashcans closed and clean, clean up fallen fruit from fruit trees and use traps to capture yellow jackets that are attracted to the traps. The pest control experts at Animal & Pest Control Specialist, Inc. can answer all of your questions about yellow jackets nests and eradication. Simply contact us by phone and we’ll schedule a visit as soon as possible.

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