A very large yellowjacket nest

The general image of yellow jackets are pretty negative. If you live in Auburn, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Roseville, or any of the surrounding areas, then you are most likely familiar with the yellow jacket. Most of us have had the experience of fighting off yellow jackets at a party or BBQ. This article will give a couple tips on how to keep yellow jackets away from your home.

Yellowjacket nest from the inside

Though we generally see yellow jackets as pest, they actually provide a very useful service: they get rid of other pests. Yellow jackets are predatory insects and hunt other insects to feed their young. They will also gladly take meats and other high protein foods, which is why they can be so troublesome around BBQs and picnics. The closer they nest to your home, the more bothersome they will be. Yellow jackets are very aggressive and may attack (both biting and stinging) when trying to get food. Especially if they are being swatted at. This agressive behavior is even worse if they feel their nest is in danger. Since they generally nest in the ground, it can be difficult to see and easy to stumble upon.

A large nest means a lot of wasps

So what can you do to keep the yellowjacket population down around your home?

The best method is prevention: Spring Spraying

Queens will be coming out in Spring to start new nests. By making sure that your home has been sprayed prior to this,  keeps the queens from potentially nesting inside the walls of your house. If your home hasn’t yet been sprayed, please give us a call and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.

 

Put out traps

Traps can be very helpful in limiting the number of yellow jackets if they are used properly. By putting them up in early spring  you will trap the queens before they are ever able to start a nest. Unfortunately, most people don’t put up the traps until they have a yellow jacket  problem (usually in mid-summer). Then they are only trapping the workers, which the queen can quickly replace.

Please  contact us with any questions you have about how to protect you home from yellow jackets.

 

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