Yellow Jackets are a common nuisance in New Plymouth, especially in the summer and during warmer months. Yellow jacket populations have grown fully by the end of the summer, meaning that the eggs that were laid in September, are the only ones who will make it through the winter. Due to that fact, yellow jackets will get more aggressive towards the end of the summer to try and protect their eggs. Yellow jackets can nest in places like eaves or attics, which means they could nest on many different buildings in New Plymouth! They might nest at places like Pilgrim Market or Napa Auto Parts. No matter where they may nest, Get Lost Pest Control can be your go-to New Plymouth yellow jacket control company! We offer services for both residential and commercial properties, so we can help treat wherever your yellow jacket problem may be!
- Yellow jackets range in size from 1.25-1.8 cm long, depending on whether they are a queen, worker, or male
- They have 6 legs and 2 antennae
- Yellow jackets have black and yellow abdomens like bees do, but they have an exceedingly small ‘waist’
- Yellow jackets are hairless and have elongated wings
- While most yellow jackets are yellow and black, they can also have white or red markings
- Yellow jackets can be recognized by their side-to-side flight pattern that they make before landing on something
Dangers: Yellow jackets can both sting and bite. Yellow jackets are more aggressive than other stinging insects such as wasps, hornets, or bees. As opposed to bees, yellow jackets do not have a barbed stinger which means that they can repeatedly sting its victim. Yellow jacket stings could cause a severe reaction if the victim is allergic to their venom.
Prevention: A main way to prevent yellow jackets from flying around you would be to reduce their access to your food- especially foods rich in sugar. Another tip to help prevent wasps would be to plant things they don’t like, such as: lemongrass, thyme, and spearmint. You can also look for where yellow jackets may be building a nest. Yellow jackets nests can be well hidden inside a dense bush, buried in the ground with only a small entrance hole, or located deep inside a wall void of a building. That’s why it’s important to look for the source of the yellow jackets before they get out of control.
Treatment: Though it’s important to look for the source of the problem before it gets out of hand, yellow jackets can form their nest in tough-to-find places. It can also be difficult and potentially dangerous to trap them once you do find them. A yellow jacket problem can quickly become too much to handle on your own.
The professional technicians at Get Lost Pest Control are equipped with the right tools to properly diagnose and eliminate your yellow jacket population. Our no-contract programs offer flexibility, without locking you into an expensive service agreement. Call us, your New Plymouth yellow jacket control company, and you can get a free quote before any work begins!