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Tips To Avoid Yellow Jackets This Summer In Tequesta

June 19, 2018

Yellow jackets in Tequesta can be a year-round problem. Unlike other wasps, yellow jackets don't die off in cold temperatures and create new nests in the fall. If a nest is established in a location that stays warm enough through the Florida winter, they can continue to develop the same nest year after year. This can turn into a super-nest over time. Let's take a look at some ways you can protect yourself, your family, and your pets from summer yellow jackets.

 Know what a yellow jacket looks like.

Yellow jackets are pretty easy to differentiate from bees because they don't have hairs like bees do. They're also pretty easy to differentiate from other wasps because yellow jackets have strong contrasting yellow and black coloration. But there is one wasp you might mistake for a yellow jacket, and it is important that you don't. It is a paper wasp of the species Polistes dominula. Why should you know the difference? Because paper wasps aren't as aggressive as yellow jackets and they don't make their nests in the ground like yellow jackets. If you see a black and yellow wasp, look at its waist. While both of these wasps have a pinched waist, the yellow jacket's has an overall pill-shape and the paper wasp has an hourglass-shape.

Be on the lookout for yellow jackets.

The reason many people get stung multiple times by yellow jackets is that they don't keep an eye out for them. If you see a wasp buzzing around your balcony, it is important to take note of whether or not that wasp is a yellow jacket. If you step out onto your balcony and cause vibrations in a wall that contains a yellow jacket nest, you're going to regret it. If you step out onto your balcony, it may be enough movement to aggravate a yellow jacket and make it attack. Paper wasps are generally not aggressive unless their nest is threatened.

Know where to look for yellow jackets.

  • These wasps establish nests both high and low. If you see black and yellow wasps buzzing around a hole in the ground, it is likely that you have stumbled upon a yellow jacket nest.
  • Yellow jackets love protein. For this reason, they are often found buzzing around trash cans and dumpsters.
  • Yellow jackets can establish a nest in some strange locations, such as in a piece of furniture stored in a shed or stored in the backyard. If you hear buzzing coming from a shed, proceed with caution. The last thing you need is to run into a super-nest.

Take precautions when eating or drinking outside.

Yellow jackets love sweets and meats. If you're cooking outside, there is a good chance yellow jackets will take notice. Here are a few ideas that can help to prevent a wasp sting:

  • Keep food in sealed containers until you're ready to prepare it.
  • Keep drinks in sealed containers.
  • Keep trash in a plastic bag and give that bag a twist to seal it.
  • Place something on the table that is stinky to yellow jackets like dryer sheets, sliced cucumbers, or open bowls of vinegar.
  • Yellow jackets will avoid areas where other wasps have established a nest. If you hang up inflated paper bags, you may be able to trick those wasps into thinking that those bags are nests.

The Best Way To Avoid Yellow Jacket Stings

When you invest in a pest control program from a trusted pest management company, you get routine inspections and routine nest removal. Since yellow jackets can create nests in strange locations and the vibrations from a mower can have them swarming you, the best solution is ongoing nest removal. Fewer yellow jackets on your property will mean fewer run-ins with these painful and aggressive insects.

If you live in Tequesta, or somewhere else in our extensive South Florida service area, give us a call today for a free inspection. There are lots of reasons to choose Nozzle Nolen, not the least of which is that we're the ONLY Green Shield Certified company in South Florida. When you want eco-friendly pest control that works, Nozzle Nolen is the way to go.

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