How well do you know yellow jackets? Are you aware that yellow jackets don't just eat the nectar from flowers but feed on sources of protein as well? Do you know that yellow jackets prefer to create ground nests rather than aerial nests? These and other important facts about yellow jackets can help you protect your family from these irritating, painful, and potentially dangerous pests. Here's what you need to know.

Why it is Important to Know That Yellow Jackets Eat Protein

When yellow jackets come into your yard, they aren't just searching for flowers. They feed on protein sources in your garbage, on your grill, and in your landscaping. You can reduce the first two sources of food by making sure your exterior trash is contained and by cleaning up after outdoor cooking. The third source—the one that is found in landscaping—is bugs. The more bugs you have, the more likely you are to have trouble with yellow jackets. Everything you do to control bug populations in your yard will help to reduce yellow jackets as well.

Why it is Important to Know That Yellow Jackets Create Ground Nests

It is usually easy to spot an aerial nest. Wasps create big, unsightly gray orbs that do not add any curb appeal to your home. But ground nests can't be seen. The only indication you'll get that you have a ground nest is the sound of buzzing or the entering and exiting of worker drones. Keep this in mind when you check your yard for the nests of stinging insects. While yellow jackets can create aerial nests in bushes and sometimes trees, they prefer to build nests in holes in the ground. If they do this in your yard, the vibration from your lawn mower could stir these wasps up.

Why it is Important to Know That Yellow Jackets are Social Insects

Social wasps have some distinct behaviors that you should be aware of. They have a nest-protection instinct that will make them aggressive if you come near. They release a pheromone scent that causes them to swarm together. And, in the case of yellow jackets, they will locate a threat and pursue it for several yards, even going around obstacles to get to it. The best way to protect your family from social insects is to find nests early and remove them from your property.

Why it is Important to Know That Yellow Jackets Can Sting You Many Times

Unlike a honey bee, yellow jackets don't have a barb on the end of their stinger. That means each individual yellow jacket can sting you several times. While knowing this won't help you protect your family, it may be enough to inspire you to do what is necessary to prevent these wasps from establishing nests in your Pittsburg Yard.

Why it is Important to Know That Yellow Jackets Create Nests in Voids

Holes in the ground are just underground voids; yellow jackets will make nests in above-ground voids as well, such as a hollowed out tree, log, or stump. They'll also create nests inside the voids of homes if they can find an entry point. A detailed inspection of your exterior and the use of a caulking gun can help prevent this.

Why it is Important to Have a Professional Protect Your Family from Yellow Jackets

When you have routine visits from an experienced and educated pest professional, you'll get appropriate treatments to reduce the bugs in your yard and reduce an important food source for yellow jackets. Your pest professional knows where to look for yellow jacket nests, both high and low, and what conditions are conducive for nest creation. When a nest is found, your pest professional has the equipment and training to remove it properly. And there are many ways residential pest control can help to make your exterior more resistant to pests. In fact, at Witt Pest Management, we help homeowners get control of more than 40 common pests.

Do you need residential pest control that works to reduce and control yellow jackets? Let Pittsburgh's oldest and most advanced pest control provider help. With over a century of experience, Witt is a trusted leader in pest control. Reach out to us for immediate assistance.