Have you noticed that yellow jackets are especially aggressive and cranky in the fall? They seem to be everywhere, and ready to attack if you get too close, make loud noises, or just look at them wrong! Ever wondered why?
Michigan State University Entomologist Howard Russell says this is the time of year where they’re out in full force — and they’re especially irritable and aggressive because they’re raising next year’s queen.
Credits: Yellow Jackets Get Cranky Defending The Queen « CBS Detroit
If Fall yellow jackets are the issue, how can you keep your home safe?
Experts say if you find a nest in the ground, you might be able to deal with the issue yourself.
“A little insecticide spray dust dumped down the hole will generally take care of that,” says Russell.
If these insects are nesting in the siding of your home or in a tree, it might be time to call a professional. Plus, killing a few won’t make much of a difference, destroying the nest will work, but that in turn puts you in danger of being stung.
Plus, unlike bees, yellow jackets can sting you multiple times.
“Yellow jacket stingers aren’t barbed like a honey bee’s stinger so they can sting you repeatedly,” says Russell.
“That’s probably the worst thing you can do,” says Russell.
If a colony has been disturbed, cover your face with your hands and slowly retreat from the area towards a building, car, or dense vegetation. Do not run as the swift motion may attract more yellow jackets. Credits: It’s Time to Control Yellow Jackets | IANR Latest News | University of …
Fall yellow jackets typically appear from mid-August to the first couple frosts. Experts say make sure the lids on trash bins are sealed tightly and look for trash in your yard. But, it is hard to prevent wasps from nesting. Credits: Attack of the Yellow Jackets: Dealing with Wasps in Mid-Michigan
The best way to stay safe while eliminating a dangerous nest of aggressive Fall yellow jackets is to have it done by a licensed professional. If you discover a yellow jacket nest on your property, call the professionals at ApolloX Pest Control.