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Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?

Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?
Are Yellow Jackets Bees or Wasps?

During the summer months, Monmouth County NJ pest control companies deal with yellow jackets and other stinging pests. Although you might hear yellow jackets referred to as bees, they’re actually not. These pests are a type of wasp.

Yellow Jacket Identification

Do you have honeybees or yellow jackets in your yard? You can tell yellow jackets by their yellow and black coloring and their smooth appearance. These pests don’t have the hairy legs and abdomen that honeybees have. Some yellow jackets also have more of a white and black coloring instead of yellow white, which also sets them apart from bees.

Yellow Jacket Behavior

Yellow jackets are known for stinging multiple times, which bees can’t do. Honeybees lose their stinger after stinging once, causing them to die. Yellow jackets don’t lose their stinger, so they’re able to sting repeatedly. They tend to attack if they feel threatened or if you get too close to their nest. Despite the threat they pose to people, especially those who are allergic, they also do some good. Yellow jackets get rid of several insect pests that are found in NJ.

If you have a problem with yellow jackets or bees this summer, Allison Pest Control is here to help. As one of the top Monmouth County NJ pest control companies, we’ll make sure you and your family are safe from these stinging insects.

What Happens to Wasps When It Gets Cold?

What Happens to Wasps During Winter

Wasps are a common sight when it’s warm out, but what happens during the colder part of the year? Do you still need to worry about these stinging insects?

Paper wasps, which are found throughout NJ, usually don’t make it through winter. Most of these wasps die during the cold season, except for those that end up becoming new queens. These wasps are able to handle the cold by keeping themselves protected from it in convenient locations, such as in cracks in a home’s foundation or under tree bark. They create a nest in their chosen spot and remain there until spring arrives.

Since most wasps do not live through winter, do you need to have any you find on your property eliminated? In most cases, these wasps can be left alone, but keep in mind that their paper nests should be removed in a safe manner. Otherwise, new wasps might decide to turn those into their new home in spring, which could become a problem during the summer months. You can usually find paper wasp nests, which have an umbrella shape, on window frames, overhangs, shrubs and trees.

If you need a wasp nest on your property removed, let Allison Pest Control handle it. Our Monmouth County pest control experts know how to safely get rid of these nests and any remaining wasps, so you won’t have to worry about getting stung.

Plan Ahead: What to Do If You’re Attacked by Wasps?

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Welcome summer, a time of family picnics, vacations, exploring new places and being outside, soaking up the sun! Summer also brings out many different kinds of bugs and pests, one of those being wasps.

When left alone, wasps are no threat to us. However, a mass attack can occur if their nest is disrupted. And, unlike bees whose stingers are barbed, a wasp can sting multiple times.

Here are some tips on what to do if you are attacked by wasps:

  • If attacked once, intense local pain, swelling, and itching are common. All that is needed is a simple disinfectant. Carry antiseptic pads with you and treat the area with the antiseptic pad and ice. Don’t hit or catch a wasp with your bare hands- this is the best way to avoid single stings.
  • If attacked by a swarm, the best thing to do is to leave the area as quick as you can. Run until they aren’t chasing, go inside or, turn a corner sharply. If you can’t run fast, lie flat on the ground and cover your face and neck to protect them.
  •  Always seek medical attention after being stung because of the venom in your body.

If you have a problem with wasps or with any other pest, call us, your New Jersey Pest Control service provider, today and let us help you!