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Get Rid Of Bothersome New Jersey Yellow Jackets

Although we might have a few more good weeks of warm summertime weather to look forward to in New Jersey, Labor Day weekend typically is our good-bye to summer.  Many New Jersey residents have headed to their beach houses to enjoy one last fabulous long weekend before the chilly fall weather sets in.  Some residents have stayed around town for fun barbeques and outdoor games.  If you have spent any time outdoors, it would be hard to not notice that the summertime pests are still lurking about and causing a ruckus!

If you have been enjoying your Labor Day weekend outdoors, you have likely noticed an increase in yellow jackets around your backyard barbeque.  They are on a constant hunt for a tasty treat of sugary and protein substances.  These wasps typically become more aggressive as the fall season approaches because their nest is at full capacity.  The best way to control yellow jackets is to eliminate their nest completely, which is no easy task.

A yellow jacket nest can be buried deep in the ground, inside a wall void or attic of a building, or hidden inside of dense bush areas.  With a little sleuthing, you can find where the entrance to a yellow jacket nest is.  Unlike other types of insects, foraging yellow jackets tend to fly the same straight flight pattern from the nest to their food sources and back again.  These wasps will zip past you very quickly and repeatedly race into the opening of their nest.  New Jersey residents should not try to treat a yellow jacket nest on their own as their stings are not only painful, they can be very dangerous.  It should be noted that yellow jackets are responsible for sending more people to hospitals than any other insect in the United States.

Some insects will be meeting their demise as the weather turns cold.  Some will hide deep within the ground awaiting the warmth of next spring. Some will try to make your New Jersey home, their new home.  Keep all of your unwanted pests away by contacting Allison Pest Control for expert pest management and eradication services.

Don’t Let Yellow Jackets Spoil Your Outdoor Fun

The yellow jacket wasp is known for its outdoor shenanigans.  They can become quite the outdoor nuisance pest in New Jersey, especially in August through October.  These pesky wasps spend their days bothering humans as they scavenge for food at cookouts, campsites, fairs, sporting events, outside restaurants and picnics too.  When not pestering humans during mealtime, you will often see them causing a ruckus at garbage cans as they are always on the hunt for a tasty treat.

A yellow jacket has alternating black and yellow exterior bands and is about a half inch long.  It’s easy to distinguish a yellow jacket from a honey bee because honey bees have dense hair on their bodies, but yellow jackets do not.

It is best to try to avoid the sting of a yellow jacket as they can be quite dangerous.  Unlike bees, wasps are able to use their barbed stinger to sting their victims repeatedly.  At full capacity, a good size yellow jacket nest could house 10,000 yellow jackets.  Yellow jacket nests can be found in trees, eaves, attics or wall voids.  They are especially known for their underground nests.  Many homeowners in New Jersey or other parts of the United States experience terrible yellow jacket attacks when they inadvertently run their lawn mover over an underground yellow jacket nest.  Doing so will often infuriate these wasps and provoke an immediate attack.  It should also be noted that wasp venom contains a chemical alarm pheromone.  Once this pheromone is released by stinging or squishing, it signals other wasps into attack mode; so particular care so should always be taken when dealing with wasps!  Yellow jacket stings are responsible for the most life-threatening stinging attacks in the United States and can be deadly to humans regardless if you are allergic or not.

Don’t let your home or business become overrun with yellow jackets this summer.  Let Allison Pest Control provide treatment so that you will not be stung!