Yellow Jackets Pose Danger at Outdoor Events

Beware of yellow jackets. These yellow-and-brown-striped stinging insects may look like bees, but they are actually dangerous wasps whose aggressive behavior can ruin outdoor events. For reasons scientists have yet to understand, yellow jackets become increasingly aggressive as summer draws to a close. Often stinging without provocation, these wasps can pose a serious stinging danger to employees and customers during end-of-summer outdoor events.

Like other wasps, yellow jackets have straight stingers which means they can sting their victims multiple times. When agitated, they stream from their nests in large numbers, swarming around and attacking their victim. Multiple stings can be dangerous and may be fatal, even to people who are not allergic to yellow jacket stings.

Yellow jackets build their nests in some surprising places. Aerial nests that look like large gray footballs hanging from tree limbs are typical; but these wasps will also colonize abandoned animal burrows and build nests between evergreen boughs.

Their attraction to food scraps and sugary drinks brings yellow jackets into frequent contact with people during the summer months. They can usually be found buzzing around outdoor trash containers, picnic tables and barbeques or food courts at outdoor events.

Eliminating yellow jackets is a job for well-trained and experienced NYC and NJ pest control professionals. Don’t place yourself, your family, your customers or your employees at risk. Call Stern Environmental for safe wasp removal.