Yellow Jackets Are Beneficial Pests that Can Keep Dangerous Insects In Check
Yellow jackets are a sub-species of wasp that can identified by their black-and-yellow markings which run in rings around the segments of its body. Although yellow jackets are sometimes mistaken for bees by the causal observer, they are much leaner in shape and more streamlined than their fuzzier and rounder counterparts.
Like bees, yellow jackets are pollinators, although they are technically predatory scavengers and will feed on other insects, meat, and fish, as well as sugary substances. Their wide preference of foodstuffs means that they can be particular nuisances around garbage cans and picnics.
Yellow jackets are social insects and live in nests with thousands of individuals at a time. Most yellow jackets prefer to nest on the ground, and their colonies are often found underneath porches, steps, crawlspaces, and at the base of trees. Occasionally, yellow jackets will nest inside the hollows of walls, especially in older houses. Others, however, will make their nests off the ground, often in the branches of trees of in the rafters of man-made structures.
Most of the time, yellow jacket populations will die during the cold winter months. Sometimes, however, the population manages to live on, especially if their nest happens to be in a particularly sheltered location, which may allow a yellow jacket population to continue growing until it reaches upwards of one million members.
Yellow jackets can be aggressive insects, especially when their nest is threatened. Unlike bees, yellow jackets have the capacity to sting a target multiple times, thanks to their slender stinger and small barb-like point. Depending on the person, yellow jacket venom has the ability to cause severe allergic reaction which may even prove to be fatal depending on the number of times the person in question has been stung.
Despite the potential health risks they pose to humans, yellow jackets are beneficial pests that prey on a variety of damaging insects. Unless their nest is directly threatened, yellow jackets are usually to loath to sting, although they can occasionally become a nuisance to humans and pets, at which point a pest control expert should be consulted. For ground-level or below-ground nests, it’s common practice for pest control experts to employ an insecticide dust, which is administered in and around the nest entrance.
The matter becomes slightly more complicated when yellow jackets nest inside structures, however, as their entrance must be sealed until all the members of the colony are dead. Otherwise, the living members of the colony will try to escape through the inside of the structure, creating a stinging hazard for all the human occupants that happen to be inside.
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