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Getting Rid Of Yellow Jackets

yellow_jacketYellow jackets are aggressive and extremely defensive of their colonies, and they’re able to sting more than once, unlike some other stinging insects. There is a high risk of allergic reaction to yellow jacket stings, and this, combined with their aggressive nature, means that yellow jackets can be quite difficult and dangerous to remove. Here are some tips on safe and effective Orange county yellow jacket nest removal, and on signs that a yellow jacket infestation may be present.

Yellow jackets tend to nest on or near the ground, and are partial to nesting under stairs, at the base of trees and in low areas of bushes. Though yellow jackets do eat other pests like grubs and flies, they also seek out sugar and meat, meaning they can be particularly pesky in areas where garbage and recyclables are stored. Yellow jackets may also be attracted to outdoor gatherings where food and drinks are present, so it’s always smart to take a look around for pests before throwing a barbecue.

Yellow jacket stings are highly dangerous to those with allergies, and can be life threatening. Their stings are painful and can cause swelling even in those without allergies. Yellow jackets can be particularly dangerous to children and pets, who may not know better than to poke around a yellow jacket nest. The best thing for a person to do if they have roused a group of yellow jackets is to move away as swiftly as possible, but with minimum motion, as yellow jackets are agitated by quick movements

Commercial yellow jacket traps are one way to deal with a minor yellow jacket problem. These traps generally include something to attract the yellow jacket, such as a synthetic chemical or something as simple as soda or meat. Traps should be placed far from places where humans gather, to lower the risk of stings. While traps may be effective for keeping yellow jackets out of certain areas, they are not sufficient to get rid of large colonies of yellow jackets. Even when using traps, it is best to consult a pest control professional.

Professional removal is always the best option for dealing with yellow jackets, especially when there is a colony involved. A professional will be able to remove a yellow jacket nest with environmentally safe methods, and with the utmost concern for the safety of themselves and their clients. After the yellow jacket nest is removed safely, it is often wise to have a pest control professional come back for seasonal or regular checkups, to prevent future problems with yellow jackets and other pests.

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