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How Dangerous Are Yellow Jackets In Richmond?

September 17, 2021 - Stinging Insects

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In recent years, folks have come to appreciate and even love the bees in their neighborhood, but yellow jackets remain one of the most hated stinging insects around. These aggressive wasps are known for their extreme hostility and painful sting. But how dangerous are the yellow jackets in Richmond?

What To Know About Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are wasps that can be found throughout the United States. They aren’t a single species, but rather multiple species with similar appearances and behaviors. They can range in size from 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long and have a distinct black and yellow striped pattern.

Yellow jacket nests can be found in aerial locations like tree branches and porches, but oftentimes, their nests are constructed underground or in dead stumps and logs. Colonies can have thousands of members led by a single queen and are usually active from the spring until late fall.

These stinging pests typically prey on other insects, but in the fall season, their appetites change to sweeter treats. Yellow jackets are attracted to sweet-smelling flowers and fruit-bearing trees, but beer, barbecue, and plain old trash are all known to attract yellow jackets.

How Dangerous Are Yellow Jackets?

Yellow jackets are highly territorial pests that will not hesitate to attack anyone or anything that they perceive as a threat. They are especially dangerous because they can sting multiple times and may attack in swarms. It’s estimated that some half a million Americans are stung by yellow jackets every year, some of whom wind up in the emergency room.

While a single sting from a yellow jacket is painful, the dose of venom is not deadly or even especially dangerous. It would take about 1,500 stings for a healthy adult to succumb to the venom. However, individuals with health existing problems, children, the elderly, and most of all those who are allergic to yellow jacket stings are at elevated risk of a medical emergency.

What To Do About Yellow Jackets On Your Richmond Property

Because of the dangers that yellow jackets pose, trying to remove or exterminate an active nest on your own is never a good idea. If you believe that you have an active yellow jacket nest on your Richmond property, leave it to the experts at Cobalt Pest Control. We’ll safely and surely get rid of any stinging insect nests you may have so you can get back to enjoying your time outdoors once again.

How To Prevent Yellow Jackets

Having yellow jackets can be a pain - literally. The best way to handle yellow jackets is to make sure you don’t get them in the first place. Some easy ways that you can prevent yellow jackets from nesting on your property are:

  • Trash control – Be sure to keep trash cans covered at all times. At outdoor events, try to keep trash away from where guests are gathered. Rinse out beverage containers before disposal and give your trash and recycling cans an occasional rinse to eliminate food and beverage residue that attracts pests.
  • Yard work – Control the insects that yellow jackets prey on by mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges, and removing yard waste. The fewer places bugs have to hide, the less likely they will be to infest your yard.
  • Plant repellent – Wasps like yellow jackets are attracted to sweet-smelling flowers and fruiting trees. Try not to overplant too many flowering plants on your property. Instead, try growing wasp-repelling plants like basil, citronella, and wormwood.

For more information about our yellow jacket control services in Richmond, contact us today!