Yellow Jacket

Color- usually black and yellow patterned similar to bands
Legs- Six
Shape- Wasp-like
Size- Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch long
Antennae- Yes
Region- Found throughout U.S.


Yellow Jackets are social insects that live in nests or colonies with up to 4,000 workers. They are most active in the late summer and early autumn when a colony is at its peak. Yellow Jackets feed on sweets and proteins, and therefore commonly invade outdoor events.


Yellow Jackets can be found anywhere humans are found. They build paper carton nests out of chewed up cellulose, which are usually found in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves and attics.


Yellow Jacket stings pose significant health threats to humans, as they are territorial and will sting if threatened. They are known to sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Yellow Jackets and other stinging insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.

Yellow Jacket Prevention

Looking to get rid of Yellow Jackets? Call a pest Arrest-A-Pest, Inc. if you suspect Yellow Jackets activity on the property. Because of their tendency to sting when threatened, Yellow Jackets control requires specialized equipment and safety precautions. Homeowners should remove garbage frequently, keep trashcans covered, and ensure all doors and windows have screens that are in good condition. People should also avoid wearing sweet-smelling perfumes and the scent attracts Yellow Jackets.

Arrest-A-Pest has been eliminating yellow jacket problems for over thirty years. No one enjoys being threatened by this hurtful and potentially deadly pest for those people who are allergic. If you have a nest on your property threatening you, don’t become a target. Contact Arrest-A-Pest, Inc. at info or call us at 1-800-338-PEST.

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