The Ultimate Guide To Yellow Jacket Control For Owasso Properties
August 20, 2023
As we approach the end of summer, yellow jackets become more active around Owasso properties. They are frequent visitors to outdoor cookouts and picnics and often build their nests near homes. If you suspect you have an infestation, the best way to deal with them is to work with a Owasso pest control professional to ensure the safety of your family and pets.
This blog will help you learn how to identify these stinging wasps and review the threats an infestation can pose. We'll also provide practical tips to help you avoid attracting yellow jackets to your property. Keep reading to learn all about yellow jackets and the safest and most effective way to remove them with Montgomery Exterminating, Inc.
How To Identify A Yellow Jacket
A yellow jacket wasp usually has black and yellow bands across the abdomen, although some species may have white or red markings. These insects have a noticeably segmented body with a small "waist" like other wasps. Some yellow jackets build their nests in holes in the ground, while others attach their paper-like nests to trees, bushes, or the eaves of homes.
If you notice a lot of yellow jackets around the yard or see a nest, it is best to avoid going near it. The safest way to deal with these pests is to reach out to the professionals at Montgomery Exterminating, Inc., who have the experience and tools necessary to remove these wasps safely. Contact us for more information or to schedule your free estimate.
Potential Threats A Yellow Jacket Infestation Could Pose
Yellow jackets are generally slow to sting unless you provoke them, but they can be quite territorial and will defend themselves if they sense a threat. These social wasps live in large colonies containing up to 4,000 individuals. In the late summer and early fall, they will eat just about anything people do and become more of a threat as their food becomes more scarce.
Outdoor dining is risky when yellow jackets are on your property. Like many other stinging insects, sweet substances such as flower nectar and fruit will attract them. It is important to check open soda cans carefully to avoid swallowing one and being stung in the throat.
Because they are territorial, approaching a nest is very dangerous. Yellow jackets can sting multiple times and cause allergic reactions. Something as simple as accidentally mowing the lawn near a yellow jacket hole in the ground can result in the colony coming out to defend the nest and a trip to the emergency room for you.
If you suspect a nest on your property, ensure your family knows to avoid it and try to keep pets away until you can contact a pest control company for assistance. Contact us today at Montgomery Exterminating, Inc. if you need help removing yellow jackets from your property.
Five No-Nonsense Yellow Jacket Prevention Tips
Yellow jackets are a common pest in Owasso, but you can take precautions to avoid attracting them.
- Yellow jackets often nest near a water source, so repair any plumbing leaks or clogged gutters.
- Seal your trash bags tightly and place them in clean receptacles with secure lids.
- Rinse out food containers and soda cans before disposing of them.
- When eating outdoors, immediately clean up food or drink spills and keep food and drinks covered.
- Avoid placing flowers and hummingbird feeders in areas where people congregate.
If these insects continue to cause issues on your property, contact us at Montgomery Exterminating, Inc. for assistance with yellow jacket pest control. Our pros can inspect your property, eliminate any nests, and provide suggestions to prevent them specific to your property.
The Safe And Effective Way To Get Rid Of A Yellow Jacket Infestation
While plenty of stores sell products for yellow jacket control, the risk of attempting to eliminate them yourself is high. Approaching a nest, especially this time of year is dangerous and can result in numerous stings. The safest and most effective way to deal with an infestation is to work with a local company that offers nest removal services.
The pros at Montgomery Exterminating, Inc. can help safely eliminate yellow jackets and their nests and help determine what factors on your property may attract them. Contact us today with any questions, to schedule your free estimate or to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Owasso.