Save Yourself from Stings: Yellow Jackets and Wasps

Although some species of wasps may be very bothersome to people, the majority of the species are solitary and non-stinging. Several species of wasps are used as biological control agents to assist in the management of other pests, such as in agriculture. Many wasps also feed on nectar from flowers and therefore function as pollinators, assisting with plant fertilization. Although wasps are helpful to the environment, they can also be dangerous when encountering people and pets. If their nest is disrupted, wasps become very defensive and will swarm and sting in order to protect the nest.

Distinguishing Characteristics

All wasps have a pinched “waist,” two pairs of wings (one large and one small). But wasps can vary in size (from almost microscopic to up to 1.5 inches in length) and color (yellow, brown, metallic greens and blues, black, and even bright red) depending on species (more than 30,000). Yellow jackets are the most common ground-nesting wasp. Like all wasps, they prey on a variety of insects, arthropods, and foods that people eat (especially sweets and meats). While all wasps will defend their nests, yellow jackets are some of the most aggressive. You can identify yellow jackets by their bright yellow and black banded bodiesand their foldable lengthwise wings.



If you notice a few wasps flying near your home, a nest is probably near by. Wasps tend to prefer a nest location that provides shelter from the elements (under siding, in corners of homes, in gutters, or in trees) and while most nests are usually small, some can house an enormous population of wasps.

Trust Truly

Swarming wasps and/or the discovery of a nest can create a sense of urgency. You may become anxious about the safety of your family, pets and property, and you will have an immediate desire to eradicate the wasps. However, it is important to remain calm. We understand your concerns and our professional Truly Nolen technicians are ready to assist at a moment’s notice. Your Truly Nolen technician will determine an action plan to eradicate the wasps and their nest. We will then advise you of all actions taken to eradicate the infestation and what you can expect in the 24 to 48 hours immediately following treatment. Don’t try to kill wasps or eliminate their nests yourself! Call the professional technicians at Truly Nolen today!


By | 2018-01-09T18:22:13+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Blog, Pest Control|0 Comments

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