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Reasons for a Yellow Jacket Sting

Yellow jackets are predatory wasps apt to use their stingers at the first sign of trouble. While homeowners who leave these pests alone may not encounter problems, the insects are quick to sting in defense of their nests.

Many people are stung by yellow jackets when they discover colonies by accident. The pests often nest in the soil of lawns or inside wall voids, putting them close to residents. They also appear near picnics and barbecues because of their attraction to sugar and meat.

Problems with Yellow Jacket Stings

Unlike honey bees, yellow jackets do not have barbed stingers. This trait has both positive and negative effects for homeowners. While those stung by a yellow jacket will not find a stinger in the wound, these pests can also attack multiple times.

Most people dealing with yellow jacket stings experience swelling, pain, redness, or itching for a few hours following an attack. Those allergic to the pests can have life-threatening reactions. As a result, managing yellow jacket nests is important to avoid conflicts.


Since many removal methods require someone to get close to the nest, DIY control is not a good tactic to handle these wasps. Avoid yellow jacket stings and deal with colonies safely by contacting the specialists at Western Pest Services.