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To treat for yellowjackets, the nest must be treated and all of the insects killed. Yellowjackets are very aggressive and will heavily defend their nest. Due to the yellowjackets' highly aggressive nature, it is best to let a professional eliminate the problem. yellowjacket nests are treated with a fast acting insecticide to kill the yellowjackets quickly. Once the insect activity ceases, the nest may be safely filled in with dirt or in the case of arial nesting yellowjackets, removed from a cavity or structure.
Yellowjackets can be identified by the type of nest that they build, or by the color and size. Yellowjackets' nests are made of a paper-like substance made by the yellowjackets. The nests are usually built in an existing hole in the ground such as an abandoned rodent burrow. The nests contain many cells where the yellowjacket larvae are raised, and have a paper envelope similar to a bald faced hornet's nest but in the case of the yellowjacket, the nest is underground. Some arial nesting species, in particular the German yellowjacket may nest in wall voids or other cavities in a structure. Insects can be seen entering a single entrance or hole. The nests are not re-used and each nest will die off in the fall leaving a single female reproductive. This single female will find a protected location for the winter, and will build a new nest the next spring. The insects themselves are small in comparison to bald faced hornets or paper wasps and are about 1/2 inch in length. They are black with bright yellow markings on the face and bands of yellow encircling the abdomen. They can be distinguished from other wasps and hornets by the color of the markings, more bright yellow than white. German yellowjackets can be distinguished from eastern yellowjackets by the presence of black dots inside the yellow bands on the abdomen.
Yellowjackets are social insects, meaning that the insect colony or nest works together to survive and raise young. Social insects often have a single reproducing female and many sterile female workers, as is the case with yellowjackets. The honeybee has a similar social structure. Like most social stinging insects, Yellowjackets will aggressivly defend their nest, and due to their aggessiveness and ability to sting repeatedly, an encounter with yellowjackets can be quite painful and if a person with insect sting allergies is stung, can be life-threatening.
Let Advantage Pest Control Solutions take care of your yellowjacket problem in St. Louis. Our service wll eliminate yellowjackets on or near your home and comes with a six month warranty. Rates and services will vary depending on the severity of the infestation.
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