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Are You Attracting Yellow Jackets to Your Property?

August 8, 2018


If you hear a person scream out “yellow jackets!”, you definitely won’t run to get closer to them! In fact, the opposite reaction often occurs: you feel instant terror and want to remove yourself from the area as quickly as possible! And no one will blame you! Yellow jacket stings are very painful and can even be deadly! When living out in nature and away from people, yellow jackets are very beneficial insects as they are responsible for pollination and are predatory insects that feed on a number of nuisance insects. However, when yellow jackets decide to nest on your property, near your home, on the exterior of your house, or even inside it, they quickly turn from beneficial to dangerous! To help protect you and your family from stinging yellow jackets, the professionals at Nozzle Nolen want to go over some helpful information about yellow jackets, including some of the things found around your property that may actually be attracting these unwelcome visitors!

yellow jackets in nest

Yellow jackets tend to be a year-round problem in South Florida because the weather doesn’t get cold enough in the winter to completely kill them off, but, even though they are a year-round problem, these pests tend to make themselves more well-known in the warm, summer months. This is not only due to the fact that the summer is the time of year when they are breeding most, but also because it is the time of year when their food sources are plentiful. Yellow jackets nest in both high and low areas; when these stinging insects decide to nest inside the walls of homes, in doorways, by play structures, in garden areas, or in the ground along walkways, they can become a significant danger to you, your family, and your pets.

To help prevent yellow jackets from choosing your property to nest on, we want to provide you some information on what often attracts yellow jackets to properties.

  • While it isn’t their strong point, yellow jackets are pollinators, so the more flowering plants you have on your property, the more attractive it will be to stinging insects, including yellow jackets.
  • Yellow jackets are predators and love to feed on garden pests, so large garden areas can attract yellow jackets to a property.
  • Yellow jackets have a varied diet and enjoy feeding on meats and sweets as well as other insects. This means that yellow jackets are often attracted to your property’s outdoor dining area, grill, compost piles, recycling cans, and garbage cans.
  • Yellow jackets build their nests inside holes in tree stumps, fallen trees, and logs, so removing these nesting sites from your property can help to deter yellow jackets.
  • To prevent yellow jackets from being attracted to your home, it is important to seal any holes or gaps found along the roofline and in the exterior walls of your home; it is also important to make sure that all vents have secure covers on them and that all chimneys have tight-fitting caps on them.

In addition to making your South Florida property as unattractive to yellow jackets as possible, the best way to make your property less welcoming to these stinging insects is to put a professional residential pest control service from the Green Shield Certified professionals at Nozzle Nolen into place. By partnering with Nozzle Nolen, you can decide which residential pest control option is the right option to protect your home, property, and family from potentially dangerous yellow jackets, and we’ll do the rest! Together we can implement eco-friendly prevention measures to help you avoid future problems with yellow jackets on your property and solve any problems that you are currently experiencing with these pests. Give us a call at Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions today to learn more!




 

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