How To Get Rid Of Yellow Jackets In West Chester Yards

August 26, 2021

Yellow Jackets are aptly named for their unique yellow and black markings on the torso. These flying insects are roughly half an inch in size, have six legs, antennae, and are one of many stinging insects commonly found in your West Chester yard. Yellow jackets are similar to hornets and wasps, but their unique markings and body shape set them apart. Yellow jackets are not quick to sting, but they are very territorial and will attack when they feel threatened.

yellow jacket on fruit

What Everyone Should Know About How Yellow Jackets Respond When Threatened

Yellow Jackets generally want to be left alone by humans. They are social insects living in colonies of up to four thousand other yellow jackets. They build their nests in bushes, trees, in the eves of your home, or under porches. They use cellulose material to build their nests. Yellow jackets feed off sugar and protein, which are some of the reasons they often show up at your West Chester backyard get-togethers. Whether they land on your can of soda and you try to shoe them away, or if they are protecting their nest, yellow jackets will become aggressive when threatened. A yellow jacket’s sting can cause a severe reaction to someone allergic to the venom they leave behind.  Their sting can also be excruciating, and they are known even to leave multiple stings when threatened, so even if you are not allergic, it is best never to try to rid your space of yellow jackets yourself.

After The Yellow Jackets Are Gone

After having professionals rid your home of yellow jackets, it is important to learn how to keep them from coming back. As with most pests, they look for an ideal environment to settle down in. Learn how to make sure your backyard is not that perfect home for yellow jackets with these helpful tips:

  • Do not overplant flowering plants, especially near entrances to your home.

  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed back. Overgrown shrubbery is the perfect place for yellow jackets to build their nest. 

  • Do not leave open holes in the ground where yellow jackets could nest and/or water can accumulate.

  • Always keep food and drinks covered when outside. 

  • Always keep lids on trash cans and keep them tightly sealed. 

  • Regularly inspect high probability places for yellow jackets nests around your home. Call for assistance immediately if you see signs that they have returned.

Ridding Your West Chester Yard Of Unwanted Threats

If you suspect you have a yellow jacket nest on your property, never try to remove it yourself. Due to the danger these insects pose, it is always best to seek help. The trained professionals at Masters Touch Pest Solutions know the proper safety precautions that need to be taken and how to ultimately remove these stinging insects so you can be back to relaxing in your West Chester Yard in no time.  Reach out to us today to learn more about our stinging insect control options!

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