Yellow Jacket wasps are normally considered beneficial because their primary food source is other insects. Yellow jackets become a problem when they build nests too close to people. They defend their nest aggressively, sting repeatedly and become a nuisance at picnics, around pools, and at other outdoor activities, especially during late summer. Some people develop sensitivity to the venom delivered by their painful stings with later stings creating a serious health threat to the affected individual. Yellow jacket nests are constructed new each spring from fertilized queens which have survived the winter. Other members of a colony die off as cold weather arrives. These wasps build nests from a paper-like product they produce. Usually, nests are found in the ground, in bushes, in trees, or inside buildings in walls, attics, and chimneys. Nests vary in size from a few hundred to many thousands of individual wasps. It is recommended that yellow jacket control is left to the professionals, as their aggressive behavior can be very dangerous without the proper equipment and gear.
Year-round yellow jacket control is available through our Commercial Eco Guard, Eco Select or Eco Premium service plans which help protect you, your home or business and your family from unwanted problems because new pests tend to occur again in the same or similar locations due to the environmental conditions in and around your structure. Details are available from our service specialist or by calling our customer service center at (585) 993-9100.