The Dangers of Yellowjackets

Yellowjackets are small wasps that are often mistaken for hornets, paper wasps, and honeybees. However, certain physical features make these insects different from their cousins. Yellowjackets are extremely dangerous as repetitive stings from them can cause severe allergic reactions, even death. A typical yellowjacket is usually between half an inch long or slightly bigger. The queen yellowjacket can be up to 0.75 inches long.

The yellowjackets have vibrant yellow and black stripes on their body and the head is usually bright yellow or white. They build their nests in places that do not receive sunlight and are protected from heavy rain and wind. They can hide in abandoned rodent holes on the ground in your garden, treetops, sheds, or walls.

The Yellowjackets can build nests as large as the size of a backpack. They protect their nests and queens and can get vengeful when either of them is attacked. When a human attacks their nest, accidentally steps on it, or is too close to the nest, they swarm out of the nest and attack the person. They can sting multiple times, releasing venom again and again.

How To Keep Yellowjackets Away?

Yellowjackets feed on sugars and carbohydrates. They consume flower nectar, fruit juice, and even eat small insects. If you have flowering plants, fruits, or garbage lying in your garden, it might be an invitation to the yellowjackets. They chew their prey and take it to their nest to feed the larvae. Therefore, yellow jackets might keep coming back for more.

If you have an insect infestation or a large population of beetles, ladybirds or grubs is living in your backyard, your backyard is like the grocery shop for yellowjacket wasps. Removing the waste, plucking ripe fruits, and throwing out the garbage regularly can avoid their visits. However, if there is a nest in your backyard, garage, or anywhere else on the property, you need professional pest control to help to remove it.

Chemicals Released By Yellowjackets


Yellowjackets release venom through their stinger into the skin when they sting. The venom contains chemicals that can cause bad allergic reactions and pain. When the yellow jackets get aggressive and recognize you as an attacker or a threat to their nest, they can sting multiple times as they don’t lose the stinger in your skin when they sting like honeybees. Honey bees die after they sting, but yellow jackets suffer no physical trauma even after stinging multiple times.

When a yellowjacket is killed, its body releases a chemical; pheromone, that signals other members of the colony to swarm out of the nest and attack. Therefore, you should not kill a yellow jacket, especially, if you haven’t been stung or hurt in any way. Let it fly away from you because they are not harmful when they are not under attack. If you are too close to their nest, walk away and stay at least 3 meters away from the nest at all times.

Attack When Threatened

There are two main reasons, why yellow jackets may attack you. If you have caught or killed the queen or removed, touched, or in any way tampered with their nest.

If you must remove their nest on your own, it is advisable to hire a pest professional to do so. When the nest is shaken, the yellow jackets can come out and see you as a threat. Fiddling with the nest is the number one reason for most wasp attacks. Because the yellow jackets can sting multiple times, the situation can get worse if you are not prepared to deal with them or are not wearing the right protective gear.

The Pest Controllers are highly trained individuals who can effectively and safely remove yellowjackets nests from your property. They also kill the remaining larvae and pupa hiding in unforeseen spots to ensure 100% elimination of pests. They also impart expert advice on how to monitor and avoid future infestations.

To remove a yellow jackets’ nest from your property and ensure effective eradication, contact apex pest control. We are a team of professionals that operate in Asheville North Carolina.