Summer Pest Spotlight: Yellowjackets

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As the summer progresses, certain insects and other pests become more active and you are likelier to encounter them. Yellowjackets are a wasp-like flying insect many people have had run-ins with at one point or another. Aggressive and territorial, they are often drawn to areas humans already occupy, setting up nests or colonies that can swarm with up to 4,000 workers at a time. They are also quite prone to getting indoors, making them a greater threat during warmer weather where people may leave windows or doors open to cool off or enjoy the sunny day.

As a stinging insect, yellowjackets actually send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year, thanks to allergic reactions. They can, unlike bees, sting multiple times, increasing the painfulness of the attack and reaction. So it is critical to remain aware of potential yellowjacket presence around any property to avoid disturbing it and drawing the colony’s defenders down on one’s self. Should yellowjackets have settled in the area, take these steps to protect yourself against any attacks.

Protect Yourself from Yellowjackets

 

1. Keep Garbage Clear

Yellowjackets feed on primarily on sugar and proteins, meaning any food or drink left out in exposed garbage can be an enormous attraction for the pests. Keep garbage contained and far enough away from a home or office building to dissuade yellowjackets from swarming in the area.

2. Avoid Sweet Perfumes

Yellowjackets can also be drawn to sweet-smelling perfumes, colognes, or deodorants. To avoid drawing personal attention from the pests, switch to odorless variants if you begin to detect this pest or know a nest is nearby. Also, if you have children, don’t let them drink as much juice as usual as the extra sugar in their system can come out in their sweat and also draw the pest to them (and be sure to keep young children’s mouths clean after they’ve consumed any sticky drinks or treats).

3. Treat Nests at Night

If you are going to try to bait or destroy a nest without professional help, do so at night. Yellowjackets have poor night vision, reducing your chances of being stung during the removal operation. If you feel uncomfortable with nest removal on your own, consult your local pest management technicians to see what options are available.

4. Don’t Swat the Insects

Never try to strike a yellowjacket down in midair or slap them if they land on you. Such aggressive behavior on your part is not likely to actually kill them and will only encourage them to sting you in return. They have highly developed reaction times, allowing them to often avoid people’s slower attacks. Instead, simply wave them away or brush them off your clothing.

Contact EcoShield today to learn more about yellowjacket pest control.

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