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YELLOW JACKET REMOVAL

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YELLOW JACKETS

Whether you call them yellow jackets, wasp, or mud daubers, they’re all wasps. They will defend their nests, but yellow jackets and hornets are the most aggressive. A typical yellow jacket nest consists of several thousand insects. Mild winters followed by early springs can substantially increase the size of a colony. While they do help to control the population of other garden pests, they don’t share the positive honey-producing and pollinating qualities of the common honeybee.

HOW WE GET RID OF YELLOW JACKETS?

Yellow jackets can become aggressive and will defend their nest. Unlike bees, yellow jackets can sting multiple times. Never try to remove a swarm or nest yourself. Yellow jackets can build their nests in the ground which can be a real risk to humans.  A nest built in the ground in a highly populated area by humans, like a park can be dangerous as people run the risk of stepping on them, causing them to attack the unsuspecting human.

MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY YELLOW JACKETS:

Yellow jacket stings can cause very serious symptoms and illness associated with allergic reactions and hypersensitivity to the venom. Perhaps the most recognized reactions are seen when a yellow jacket stings a person, particularly children, who are hypersensitive to the venom. This may result in serious, maybe even life-threatening conditions. These stings generally create lesions and may also involve intense pain, swelling, itching and potential of anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that causes shock. Secondary infections to stings can occur if the bites and stings are not kept clean and properly disinfected.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

  • The most effective prevention is not trying to attract yellow jackets. They are attracted to anything sugary
  • Fruit juice, fallen fruit beneath trees and other sweet food sources will attract them as well
  • Be careful with foods, especially soda cans

FEES:

Variable, depending on size and location of the nest. Call us for a free, no obligation quote.

WHY ADDRESS THE PROBLEM:

Aggressive and territorial by nature, yellow jackets pose serious threats to people. Since their nests are often built into the ground, people tend to step on them by accident. Yellow jackets will then sting. Unlike bees, they are able to do so repeatedly. While one sting may not be life threatening, however multiple stings can send your body into a state of shock and cause an extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive to. This is called an anaphylactic shock.

 

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