Summer is here in Atlanta and along with blazing heat and stifling humidity, it’s also yellow jacket season! No, we’re not talking about Buzz, the Georgia Tech mascot – we’re talking about Vespula Maculifrons, aka the Eastern Yellow Jacket.
What are yellow jackets?
Yellow jackets are a type of wasp common to the Southeastern United States, typically building their nests in rodent burrows underground, or in available gaps on porches, in walls, or under the eaves of a structure. They’re very distinctive with their black and yellow coloring, which can take several different forms depending on whether the wasp is a worker or a queen. Unlike honey bees, a yellow jacket is able to sting multiple times, making them a hazard if they nest in a yard or building where people will be moving through “their” territory.
Yellow jacket colonies can house thousands, usually only becoming large enough to notice around midsummer. You may discover them by agitating their nest with your lawnmower or getting chased off your porch, and if you’ve ever been stung by a yellow jacket, you know that they’re no joke.
What to do about a yellow jacket infestation?
Considering their numbers, territorial nature, and painful stings, you will probably need to eliminate yellow jacket nests found near your home, pool, or other outdoor areas. However, disturbing their nests in any way can be dangerous, so you should call a professional pest control company like Progressive Pest Control if you discover the colonies of any yellow jackets, hornets, or wasps in your yard or home. Request pest control service now through our website, or give us a call at 770-791-0055 for more information about our Northeast Atlanta pest control services.