Yellow jackets can be a particularly nasty pest to have on your Plano property. This insect can be aggressive, and there is a high chance of a hostile encounter. Make sure to follow our yellow jacket prevention tips and the advice of All-Safe Pest & Termite professionals for the safe elimination of this pest.
Understanding Yellow Jacket Behavior
Yellow jackets are easily recognized by their combination of black and yellow abdomens, wings, and pointed rear end. This insect uses a smooth stinger to inject venom into its prey, paralyzing them. When this stinger injects into humans, it can be excruciating and cause several adverse reactions, including swelling, redness, tenderness, or in more severe cases, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and anaphylaxis.
Yellow jackets can be very dangerous, primarily thanks to how aggressive this insect regularly acts. Additionally, if they are attempting to defend their nest, this aggressive behavior is heightened, something that makes it incredibly difficult to remove yellow jackets from your property.
Unlike bumblebees or certain other stinging insects, the yellow jacket is capable of stinging its victims and injecting venom multiple times – this makes them a health concern for even those who are not allergic to yellow jacket stings.
Future Yellow Jacket Prevention
There are a few ways that you can undertake to prevent yellow jackets and other stinging insects from moving into your property in the future. However, if you are dealing with a current infestation, your best choice is to contact the All-Safe Pest & Termite professionals for immediate assistance.
- Clear your yard of debris and popular yellow jacket nesting sites, such as fallen trees and tree stumps. You should also fill in holes, as yellow jackets can also create nests in the ground. Ensure that you always wear shoes when walking around in your yard to prevent the possibility of stepping on a yellow jacket.
- Ensure that all outdoor trash cans, compost bins, and food storage areas are tightly sealed and that all trash outside of your home is disposed of promptly. This limits the locations that a yellow jacket can forage for sweet foods and prevents the aroma from attracting the insect in the first place.
- When eating outside, you should always ensure the area is clean, and that food or liquid spills are promptly cleaned. If you have leftovers, store them as fast as possible inside your home and always keep a lid over sugary drinks to prevent them from attracting yellow jackets.
- Try limiting the number of brightly colored flowers in your yard, as these are attractive for yellow jackets. If you plan to have large areas of plotted vegetation and garden, keep these as far away from your home as possible to avoid yellow jackets nesting right near entryways or your home’s exteriors.
- Consider avoiding fragranced perfumes when relaxing around your property or working outdoor in garden areas, as these smells are likely to attract yellow jackets toward you.
Safe Yellow Jacket Removal
Because yellow jackets can be so dangerous to both those with or without allergy issues, you should never try to remove this insect by yourself. If you believe you have a nest on your property, the safest bet is to call the All-Safe Pest & Termite experts for effective removal. We utilize an environmentally conscious and safe approach to pest management.