yellow jackets

Yellow Jackets

Yellow jackets are the biggest threat when it comes to the category of stinging insects. These wasps are typically black and yellow striped, although their exact patterns do vary by species. For example, the bald-faced hornet, which is actually a type of yellow jacket, is black with white markings. They are very similar in size and appearance to their much more beneficial cousins the honey bee. However, unlike honey bees, they are hairless. They are also one of the only species of wasps or bees that does not collect pollen. While their main diet is insects, it is not uncommon for them to be found eating human food. If you have what appear to be bees interrupting your picnic, for instance, yellow jackets are the most likely culprit.

Like hornets and paper wasps, yellow jackets build their nests out of wood and plant fibers, chewed up to make a paper-like substance. These nests are typically underground, but they can sometimes be found in attics, crawl spaces, and cracks in a home’s foundation.

Controlling Yellow Jackets

Many types of bees and wasps are mistakenly identified as yellow jackets, and they are the reason most types of bees and wasps have a bad reputation. They are one of the most aggressive species of stinging insect. Colonies can range in size from hundreds to thousands, and they will mark and pursue anyone or anything they believe to be a threat to the hive. Multiple stings are common, as unlike honey bees they do not typically embed the stinger when they sting. This can be dangerous for anyone who stumbles across a nest accidentally, and even more so if that person is allergic. Call Advanced Wildlife Control if you have a yellow jacket hive on your property or in your home. Our technicians are equipped to safely handle the removal of the nest for you.

Yearly Yellow Jacket Problems

Have you sprayed to prevent yellow jackets but they just keep coming back? If yes, give Advanced Wildlife Control a call! Our technicians can install a trap of our own design that can destroy the whole colony of yellow jackets. After the colony is destroyed our technicians seal off the hole so no new stinging insects can take up residence. In some cases we may have to remove portions of your walls to fully remove the colony.


The easiest way to tell yellow jackets apart from their stinging insect cousins is how they fly before they land! Yellow jackets will fly rapidly from side to side before landing.