Warm weather is here and so are stinging insects. The Capital Region has several stinging insects including bees, hornets and wasps. Today we take a look at another Capital Region resident – the yellow jacket.

Yellow Jacket Facts:

  1. Yellow jackets are attracted to sugary substances and meat
  2. Nests can be built in a variety of places such as under a porch, the base of a tree, a wall void, a bush, a low-hanging branch, and the corner of a building
  3. A colony can have over 1,000 worker yellow jackets
  4. Fertilized female yellow jackets hibernate over the winter while workers and males die
  5. Yellow jackets will aggressively defend their nest and can sting repeatedly

While yellow jackets can indeed be a danger and a nuisance, the good news is there are steps you can take to help minimize their presence around your home. Avoid leaving food outside, keep garbage lids closed, and pick up fallen fruit from your fruit trees so that you aren’t attracting yellow jackets.

When you encounter a yellow jacket nest around your home, it is best to call your local pest control expert for a safe and effective treatment to get rid of the yellow jackets.

If you have stinging insects nesting in your outdoor space, please contact us for a professional solution. We offer residential pest control and commercial pest control for the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.