Keep Yellow Jackets Away

As springtime approaches New Jersey residents must keep in mind that as the weather becomes warm, many outdoor pests will rise to the surface or hatch from new eggs that are laid.  Spring is a time of rebirth for flowers, grass, leaves, and all types of insects report NJ pest control professionals.

One type of animal that won’t initially be considered a pest, but will eventually end up being a pest, is the yellow jacket.

A yellow jacket nest begins when one single female emerges from her overwintering hide-a-way. Initially she will spend her time feasting upon nectar and insect prey.  Once her ovaries become enlarged she will then search for a suitable place underground or up in a tree to begin to build her nest.  Once her nest is built she will lay her eggs.  The workers that emerge from the eggs will soon continue to build on to the nest and forage for food while the queen continues to lay eggs.

There are different species of yellow jackets in New Jersey. The species which only feed upon live prey are not considered to be pests unless they reside too close to humans.  Pest yellow jackets are the ones that feed upon human food sources.  You will find pest yellow jackets at parks, ball fields, amusement parks, picnics, backyard barbeques, or any other place where people gather outdoors to consume food.

As the summer months move one, yellow jacket nests become more populated, which means that there is less food availability for all colonies.  The lack of food availability is one of the reasons why yellow jackets become so aggressive.  For a yellow jacket, a human biting into a burger or piece of watermelon is considered to be an aggressive move and worthy of a sting from its backside!

For those that are allergic to bees, yellow jacket stings are extremely dangerous and will result in emergency room visits.  Businesses should hire an experienced NJ pest control professional to eliminate any yellow jacket nest as soon as it is noticed.