Yellow Jacket Control: Protect Your Home

Appearance

What Do Yellow Jackets Look Like?
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Size: Yellow jacket adult workers are 3/8-5/8 in (10-16 mm) long, depending on species; queens are 25% longer.

Color: Abdomen usually has yellow and black bands, but some species are white and black, and two northern species have red markings.

Characteristics: Wings are folded lengthwise when the yellow jacket is at rest.

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Facts

You may think you are protected from yellow jackets inside your home, but the fact of the matter is that they are looking for the same protection.

  • They typically build their nests in trees and inside human-made structures.
  • While the yellow jacket is aggressive, they serve some good purposes, as they are important predators of insects.

Food

What Do Yellow Jackets Eat?

  • Insects
  • Nectar

Biology

Colonies
Yellow jackets are social insects that live in colonies. Each colony has a queen that lays the eggs, female workers that do not reproduce, and males that come forth in late summer, being reared in the same cells that were earlier used for the workers.

Larger cells for rearing queens are built at the end of the season. Mating occurs in fall after newly emerged queens and males leave the nest.

Hibernation
Only queens who have mated hibernate and live through the winter. The rest of the nest dies, including the queen who built the nest and all the workers and males..

Detection

  • Cracks: May notice nests in cracks or openings to your home.
  • Trees: Nests are also often found in trees.
  • Old Nests: May find a new colony swarming around an old nest.

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