If you have experienced yellow jackets on your Springfield property, you may have wondered why they chose your yard and what you can do to get rid of them. These insects are most active in the spring and summer months, so they should be making their appearance soon, if they haven't already. Drawn to nectar and sugary liquids, yellow jackets are known to fly around residential areas, businesses, parks, and other areas where they pester people by hovering around trash, plants, and food.
These are common stinging pests which are black with yellow markings. Females are around 1/2 an inch long (with queens being slightly bigger) and workers grow to be around 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch in length. They have long antennae and anchor-shaped markings on their abdomens.
Why Are Yellow Jackets On My Property?
As mentioned, these insects are drawn to nectar and sugary liquids. If you have lots of flowers, you could be attracting yellow jackets. If you are in the habit of leaving drinks outside, this could be an attractant as well. Open trash cans are known for attracting all sorts of insects as well as animal pests. And things such as pet food left out, or leftover fruit from fruit trees could draw these dangerous pests in. They're also drawn to sources of protein, including pests such as caterpillars, spiders, and flies.
The Problem With Yellow Jackets
Yellow jackets tend to sting. A Lot. And not only are their stings painful, they can be dangerous to certain people. Allergic reaction to yellow jacket stings can be fatal.
Yellow jackets hide their nests in the ground. When a person (or pet) goes near a nest and creates vibrations, this can bring about a swarm of angry yellow jackets that are ready to sting over and over to protect their home. This can even happen from a distance, such as when someone is mowing the lawn and vibrations travel through the ground.
Yellow jackets will give chase, even around obstacles to reach their victim. And jumping into water is futile since they will stick around longer than a person can hold their breath.
Yellow Jacket Prevention Strategies
Have nests removed. Since it is dangerous to try to remove yellow jacket nests without the proper knowledge and equipment, it is best to call upon the expertise of a professional pest control company.
Remove sources of protein. If your yard has protein sources, including other insects, reducing these insects will reduce the chances of having yellow jackets.
Remove sweet things.
Cover trash with tight-fitting lids.
Cover crevices and voids in your home where nests could be established.
Remove yard debris where nests could be established.
If you need assistance keeping yellow jackets off your Springfield property or removing nests that have already been established, give the professionals here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions a call. We have the training, knowledge, expertise and equipment to remove nests safely, so you can rest easy.