Yellow jackets and other wasps are feared
because they can sting humans and pets. Unlike
bees, female wasps can sting repeatedly. If
left undisturbed, most species wasps and hornets
are not aggressive to human or other animals.
If a nest is disturbed, wasps release a chemical
which triggers the wasps to defend the nest.
Yellow jackets are an exception. They are
aggressive by nature and become especially
persistent when foraging for limited food
at the end of the summer.
to stings include pain, redness, itching and
swelling at the sting site. Ice and table
salts are helpful in managing the symptoms.
Symptoms can occur immediately after a sting
or take longer to appear, and may last for
People who are hypersensitive
have some or all of these symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing, caused by swelling
of the air passages.
Shortness of breath, wheezing and a sensation
of tightness in the chest are also symptoms.
and other shock
These symptoms are serious and may
result in death.
Nausea, headache and chest or abdominal
can also be symptoms of a hypersensitive
reaction to a sting.
Pest Control of Wasps:
In order for the nest to be destroyed you need
to locate the nest. To find the nest you need
to establish the direction the wasps are flying.
To do this, place a protein-based food source
(i.e. meat or pet food) in a visible location.
Once the wasp has collected the food, it will
fly in a direct line to the nest. A wasp may
be scavenging for food up to 1,500 feet from
the nest. Keep relocating the food sources
in the direction of the nest. You may need
to work cooperatively with your neighbors.
Nests are located where shelter is available.
Common locations for nests include retaining
walls, tree hollows and wall cavities. Nests
are often underground, and will be evident
by a stream of wasps entering and leaving
a hole in the ground. The nest is made of
grey paper Mache type material. Nests constructed
of mud are not wasp nests. Wasps are attracted
to sweet food and meat. This is why they are
commonly a nuisance at outdoor eating venues
WARNING: Treating Wasps
yourself can be dangerous. Call a Pest Professional
to safely treat your Wasp problem.
Call Russ' Bee Removal at 619-470-0782 or request
a FREE pest control quote.