Yellow Jackets and wasps are flying, stinging insects found throughout the United States. They are related to bees but are considered more of a nuisance because of their ability to sting many times. Yellow Jackets are just one of many wasp species. Wasps can be either solitary or social, meaning they either live alone or travel with a colony. Learn more about how to identify wasps and their nests below.

Identifying Yellow Jackets and Wasps

Yellow Jackets are known to be an especially aggressive species of wasp. They share the same silhouette as other wasps, with a dramatically cinched waist and a thin, long body. The workers, which you are more likely to encounter, are about half an inch long with a shiny body that has yellow and black markings. Mud daubers are another wasp common to America, with long, slender black bodies that may look metallic. They are solitary and live in mud tubes. Paper wasps are another common species, and they have brown bodies with yellow or reddish markings. Their nests are open, with exposed hexagon shapes.

Impact of Wasps in the Home

Wasp removal is an important part of home maintenance. Don’t settle for avoiding parts of your property due to wasp activity. You can quickly get back to enjoying your backyard, porch, and garage by calling a removal service. When they are left alone, wasps can even make their way into your home. Wasps inside the home are a nuisance not only because of their stings, but because they can damage the structure as they build nests. Over time, they can chew holes in the drywall to get into the walls or take advantage of existing holes to build their nests there.

Identifying Nests

It’s crucial to locate wasp nests once you notice an infestation near your home. Locating nests helps you find where they are coming from and avoid disturbing them. Since wasps can sting over and over again, and communicate with each other using chemical signals, it’s best to stay away from the nest until you can bring in professional wasp control to deal with them. Nests look different depending on the wasp species, but will typically be a neutral color like beige or tan. Yellow Jacket nests are spherical and have exit holes. On the inside, nests will feature a honeycomb structure, but without the honey. This structure may not be visible from the outside. Nests will appear to be made of either paper or mud. Solitary wasps generally create nests below ground that are more difficult to spot. The only visible part of the nest will be the exit hole.

Finding the Nest

Wasps will usually build nests in areas with less attention and foot traffic. They can be found in trees and bushes. Often, they will attach their nests to human-made structures. Below decks, in or on light fixtures, inside appliances like grills, on mailbox stands, and other similar locations are all spots that wasps gravitate towards. Sites that are far off the ground are particularly appealing for some species.

Wasp and Yellow Jacket Removal

Avoid dealing with these pests yourselves. Doing so is dangerous, and can result in plenty of painful stings, or even a swarm of pests. Professional services can deal with a wasp or yellow jacket infestation efficiently and safely. First, they will inspect your home to locate nests and assess the extent of the problem. Then they can begin treating the area. Treatment may involve addressing a general area, spraying and removing the nest, and sometimes even setting bait traps to catch any stray yellow jackets or wasps.

Get quick, professional pest control in Seattle with Whitworth Pest Solutions. We use the proper equipment and materials to take care of wasp problems as well as all other pest infestations. For homes with persistent wasp infestation problems, we also offer a wasp prevention program.