In the spring, yellowjackets feast on flower nectar. During the summer, they become the number one picnic problem pest.

In the spring, yellowjackets feast on flower nectar. During the summer, they become the number one problem pests of picnics.

Yellowjackets, meat bees, and ground bees are all terms that refer to the aggressive ground-nesting wasps known for inflicting multiple stings. Unlike paper wasps and mud daubers, yellowjackets are the picnic pests of summer. They swarm meat and sweets, find their way into soda cans, and converge on garbage cans and drinking fountains. Squished yellowjackets release an emit an alarm pheromone that sends a signal to other yellowjackets in the area to attack. Yellowjackets nest in abandoned rodent burrows. Disturbing a yellowjacket nest can result in multiple stings. This can occur when someone accidentally steps on an underground nest opening or disturbs a nest in a shrub or building. Sometimes merely coming near a nest, especially if it has been disturbed previously, can provoke a painful attack.

Getting rid of yellowjacket wasp nests is not for the DIYer. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control technicians have the protective gear and proper materials to deal with wasp nests. Call us for yellowjacket control and for all your pest problems.

Yellowjacket nest in abandoned rodent burrow

Mud dauber nest. The holes mean that this nest is empty.

Mud dauber nest in the corner of a shed. The holes mean that this nest is empty. Mud dauber wasps usually leave people alone.

Don't mess with paperwasp nests. Unless disturbed, these wasps will usually leave you alone.

Don’t mess with paper wasp nests. Unless disturbed, these wasps these wasps are rather shy; however, they will defend their nest if attacked.

How to Identify Wasps:

Yellowjacket wasps have very distinctive yellow an black stripes on the abdomen. They are also large and aggressive.

Yellowjacket wasps have very distinctive yellow an black stripes on the abdomen. They are also large and aggressive.

Paper wasps measure about .75 inch long, and have black or brown and yellow markings. They appear more narrow than yellowjackets and  lack distinctive stripes.

Paper wasps measure about .75 inch long, and have black or brown and yellow markings. They appear more narrow than yellowjackets and lack distinctive stripes.