Yellow jacket Wasp
Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered similar to bands
Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long
Found throughout U.S.
Yellowjackets are very social insects that live in colonies with up to several thousand workers. They feed on carbohydrates and sugars such as fruits and beverages such as punches and beer. Late summer and early fall are when yellowjackets are producing new queens and they demand sugars from the workers. This coincides with humans having backyard barbecues, parks, and picnics.
Yellowjackets tend to be found close in proximity to where humans are found. They can build nests underground in mammal burrows, in concrete foundation voids, in wall voids, attics, and crawlspaces. Nests are built of cartons out of broken down cellulose from the ground or eaves and attic spaces.
Yellowjackets can sting and pose significant health threats to humans. Their behavior is unpredictable, and they can be territorial if they feel the nest is threatened. They can sting multiple times and can cause severe allergic reactions. Allergic reaction to yellowjacket stings can be fatal.
Removing a yellowjacket nest can be dangerous. It is best to contact a professional for removal. The most effective way to get rid of yellowjacket is to call A-1 Bonded Termite, Inc. for a free inspection*. Your inspector will make recommendations to eliminate the infestation and make suggestions on how to correct conditions that may be conducive to re-infestations.