Keeping Your Eugene Yard Yellow Jacket Free
April 15, 2022 - Stinging Insects
Working in the garden, lounging on your porch, or beautifying your yard are all lovely ways to spend your day off from work. However, if you have yellow jackets on your Eugene property, you may think twice about stepping outside.
Fortunately, our team at Ultimate Pest Control has some advice for keeping your Eugene yard yellow jacket free. As a proud Eugene pest control company, we can assist with your pest problem. If you have stinging insects such as yellow jackets flying around your yard, it won't be long until you're well aware of the problem. They prefer the sunlight and are most active from mid-morning through the afternoon.
How To Identify Yellow Jackets
You can distinguish bees from yellow jackets by their appearance. The yellow jacket, Vespula maculifrons, has a distinct black and yellow pattern with thick, horizontal lines on their bodies and very thin legs. This black and gold combination distinguishes yellow jackets from honey bees, worker bees, or bald-faced hornets. Yellow jackets can have large nests built in trees, shrubs, and around your home. Like rodents, these pests also nest in holes that other animals have created. Yellow jackets can also sting more than once, unlike other bees with one stinger.
Does Anything Instantly Kill Yellow Jackets?
For those homeowners who have a pest problem with these gold-colored insects, some things, such as a pyrethrum aerosol, can kill yellow jackets instantly. However, applying this spray on your own can be quite dangerous. Not only is it toxic to humans, but it can also result in a swarm of yellow jackets if misused. Here are the steps to effectively reduce the yellow jacket population in your yard:
- Locate the yellow jacket nest. These nests can be deceptively large and may be above or below ground.
- Once you find the next, spray a heavy dose of pyrethrum spray
- Observe the nest to ensure the spray permeated well enough to destroy the yellow jackets inside.
In the end, dealing with these chemicals can be hazardous to you and your family members. Be sure to protect your eyes and your body when using any chemical spray. Furthermore, yellow jackets may escape the spray and you don't want to be the target of an attack.
Dealing with yellow jackets can be scary, and, in the end, it's best to reach out to a qualified Eugene Pest Control Company for assistance.
What Attracts Yellow Jackets To Your Yard?
Yellow jackets like to build their nests in quiet places away from humans. However, if they find a viable food source, they will set up shop where it is adventitious to access a regular meal. Yellow jackets, like other stinging insects, prefer sweet-smelling foods. Leaving sugary drinks out in the yard or wearing perfumes can temporarily attract yellow jackets to your location, where they may eventually build nests. These pests can sting humans and feast on other insects like spiders, ants, crickets, moths, caterpillars, gnats, and flies. Much like humans, Yellow jackets will also eat meat, fish, fruits, nectar, fruit juice, sugar, tree sap, and any food that contains sugar.
What Is The Best Treatment For Yellow Jackets?
Yellow jackets are quick to gang up on their intended target, so it is best to stay at a distance from any nest created by these stinging pests. Late summer is a prime time for yellow jackets to grow their colonies to full capacity, creating a distinctive din from their constantly moving wings.
Fortunately, our team at Ultimate Pest Control can safely and effectively remove yellow jackets and other stinging insects from your Eugene property. We will carefully survey your property for yellow jacket nests, looking carefully for nests above and below ground. We will look in tree stumps on your lawn, between the walls of your home, under the eves of your roof, and other areas throughout your yard.
With over 30 years of experience, our team at Ultimate Pest Control knows how to get the job done right. We care deeply about our community members and make sure that we safely eliminate unwanted pests from your property. Reach out to us today to schedule your free inspection!