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Summer is a favorite season for many people, especially when you live in an area like Pittsburgh, PA where the winters can be rough. Even so, there are a few benefits that come with summer ending and fall beginning. The end of summer usually signals the end of bug season, and most would agree that saying goodbye to pesky bugs is not a bad thing. If the fall season has started and you still see stinging insects, you may be wondering when yellow jacket season will end in Pittsburgh. 

 

Why Are Yellow Jackets Still Hanging Around?

The first thing to understand is that there’s often an uptick in yellow jacket activity during the early fall. In fact, you’re more likely to get stung by an angry yellow jacket at this time of year than in the middle of summer. 

Yellow jackets spend the majority of their short lives in service to their queen. All summer they gather food for her and help take care of the eggs and younger insects. However, as summer wraps up, their service comes to an end, and these wasps are now able to take care of themselves. They only have a short time left because the queen is the only one who will survive the winter. 

Unfortunately, this opportunity comes at a time of year when their food sources are in short supply, and the competition is a bit fiercer. These circumstances culminate in aggressive, hungry yellow jackets which aren’t going to let anything stand in their way of finding food, including any humans they happen to come in contact with.

 

Tips to Prevent the Risk of Stings

Until the temperatures drop low enough to eliminate any remaining yellow jackets, you’ll want to take action to prevent the chance of ending up with painful and sometimes life-threatening stings. 

  • Remove outside food sources. Go ahead and enjoy your backyard barbecues as far into the fall season as you can, but be sure to clean up every last scrap of food when done.

  • Avoid wearing scents when spending time outside. Wasps are attracted to the smell of perfumes, lotions, and even shampoos.

  • Seal all entry points into your house. Wasps may seek out your home both for warmth and food. Seal any holes, cracks, and gaps you find around the outside of your house and do not leave doors or windows open without a screen in place.

 

What to Do if Yellow Jackets Won’t Leave You Alone

Yellow jacket season will end as soon as the temperatures are cold enough for several consecutive days—in the mid-40s or below. But if they’re hanging around and causing problems for you this fall, it’s not too late to take action. Witt Pest Management can eliminate yellow jackets from your property so that you won’t have to worry about painful stings and can enjoy the last few months of great outdoor weather before winter hits. Contact Witt to schedule an appointment.

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