Does Our Wet Spring and Summer Mean Less Yellow Jackets?

Less Yellow Jackets?
Less Yellow Jackets?

Tired of yellow jackets pestering your picnic? You’re not the only one enjoying the nice weather. Turns out, weather determines how bad yellow jackets will be in your area each year – and whether you’ll need Tom’s River pest control professionals to come to the rescue!

What’s the best weather for waning wasps?
Spring weather is the best indicator of upcoming wasp problems. Cold and rainy conditions in the spring months of April and May reduce the likelihood of queens building nests and collecting food for their many offspring.

Watch out for the warm ones!
Warm, dry weather during the spring has the opposite effect on yellow jackets, enhancing nest success.

Rain keeps your outdoor environment clean – of wasps!
Yellow jackets rebuild nests each spring, so when overwintering queens emerge from their winter rest, rain makes it more difficult for a queen to do her duties: feeding on available nectar, sipping water, and stealing insects for food from your home’s landscape to raise her brood.

An exponential issue…
A single queen can lay tens of thousands of eggs. And aiding yellow jacket workers emerging in early summer have a longer lifespan (16-32 days) than those emerging late in the season (10-20 days). If rain doesn’t delay the enlargement of the nest, wasp problems may be compounded.

Don’t let yellow jackets rain on your parade, enjoy the sunshine with the help of Allison today!