Yellow jacket identification
The yellow jacket is common throughout the eastern United States and present in large numbers throughout Georgia and in the Atlanta area. Build nests underground and an average colony can hold 5000 or more individual insects. The eastern yellow jacket builds their nests from partly decomposed wood but will sometimes find nesting sites inside the walls of buildings.
Yellow jackets do have stingers but, unlike honeybees, the stinger is not barbed. The eastern yellow jacket staying is very painful and unlike bees, yellow jacket can sting repeatedly. The sting is dangerous to people with allergies and can be life-threatening.
Yellow jacket damage
Yellow jackets generally do not cause much damage to homes and properties. This is because they prefer nesting and natural, below ground sites. The most serious problem from yellow jacket colonies and around human habitation is the danger of being stung. Sometimes, mainly in northern climates, yellow jacket colonies will infest area behind an exterior wall. They choose through the wall material or find entrance through an already existing hole or crack in the building exterior.
Problems with yellow jackets primarily occur when a human being or their pets disturb a colony. Late summer months are the time when the animals change their feeding habits. Earlier in the year, yellow jackets primarily feed on larva and other insects. In late summer, yellow jackets begin searching for nectar, ripe fruit or other sweet food sources.
Yellow jacket control
Generally beneficial insects, Yellow jackets can become a nuisance when the nest is inside or too close to human habitation. Do not attempt to treat yellow jacket infestations on your own because the animals are numerous and aggressive when disturbed. Urban Wildlife Control, Atlanta’s premier flying insect removal service, can safely kill the insects and remove the yellow jacket nest. Call us today if yellow jackets are causing a problem on your property.