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Yellowjackets

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  • Yellowjacket coloration is always yellow and black without fur.
  • Nests are ball shaped, made of a papery material and may be located in many places such as trees and bushes, inside of structures or other objects, under eaves or even underground.
  • Once yellowjackets and hornets sting someone near the nest, they become more aggressive, defending a larger area around the nest.
  • Yellowjackets and hornets will often fly at eye level when near the nest, either coming home or leaving to forage. This flight pattern always means there is a nest close by.
  • In the spring, new yellowjacket and hornet queens can smell where nests have been in the past and are encouraged to nest nearby. Thoroughly getting rid of old nests is very important!
  • Past midsummer, yellowjackets become even more aggressive, often stinging away from the nest area and showing up whenever we eat outside (call Trey for solutions to this situation).
  • They often chew through sheetrock walls and ceilings in late summer, and come right into the room. You can hear rustling sounds as they chew. Trey is available day or night to respond to this siutation.
  • As a licensed contractor, Trey's knowledge of house structure enables him to make an educated determination of where in the walls yellowjackets or other bees may be.
  • Do not knock on walls if you hear chewing sounds: the sheetrock could be paper thin.
  • At times, yellowjackets within a wall will attach paper to the outside of the wall, as if to create a 3-D version of a ball-shaped nest.
  • Using specialized heat-sensing equipment, Trey can pinpoint where nests are in walls, enabling precise, effective treatment.
  • Contrary to popular belief, it is not safer to treat a nest when it's dark. Yellowjacket guards are alert 24 hours a day, and with heat sensing capability can still sting you at night. This is definitely not a do-it-yourself job.
  • If yellowjackets are seen in second floor rooms, they are often entering via ceiling recessed lights and indicate the liklihood of a nest in the attic. Trey goes into attics and crawl spaces, on to roofs and up trees to remove your yellowjackets completely.
  • Yellowjacket nests located inside attics and walls may be very difficult to eliminate with insecticides from the local "box" store. One of Trey's clients applied five cans of spray into their attic wasp entrance and did not achieve control. Trey came in and successfully treated and removed the nest.
  • Trey can explore larger properties and find hidden yellowjacket nests, and remove them to keep you safe.
  • Each species of stinging insect carries a unique venom compound, so individual humans may react more severely to one insect than another. Anaphylactic shock is caused by chemicals released by your own body after you are stung. The victim is quickly rendered unable to breathe, and without immediate treatment may not survive.
  • Contrary to many sources of advice to homeowners, from Trey's perspective it is never ok to leave a stinging wasp nest alive on your property. The health risk to your family is very real, and the legal risk not only raises liability issues, but potentially negligent liability concerns.
  • When aphids infest landscape trees, yellowjackets will come by the hundreds to feed on them and their residues. In the process, the sound of insects buzzing in the tree will be quite loud and will certainly get your concerned attention. Treating for aphids solves the problem.
  • Are uninvited yellowjackets coming to your outdoor gatherings, demanding a place at the dining table? Trey can control meat-eating yellowjackets with a baiting program. Since nests may be over 1,000 feet away, baiting is the only way to eliminate these hazardous pests.

Don't trust Yellowjacket problems to a novice – Call Bee Control Northwest at 425-941-5001 as soon as you can!