Scientific Name: Vespula ssp.
Color: Abdomen usually black and yellow pattered
similar to bands
Size: Workers 3/8 to 5/8 of an inch
There are several species of yellowjackets. These flying insects
typically have a yellow and black head/face and patterned abdomen.
Many say, the pattern resembles stripes. Signature to species, the
abdomen pattern can help an entomologist or pest professional identify
specific types of yellowjackets. They are considered beneficial
since they prey on other insects.
Yellowjackets nest in the ground or in cavernous areas such as eaves,
attics, etc.... They feed on sweets and proteins and commonly invade
Yellowjackets can be found anyplace humans can be found. Check near
recycling bins or other areas where sugars are common but keep in
mind these pests also feed on protein. Yellowjackets become more
aggressive in autumn when the colony begins to die out except for
Yellowjackets pose significant health threats to humans as they
may sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions. Stinging
insects send over 500,000 people to the emergency room each year.
Remain vigilant and call a pest professional if you suspect yellowjacket
activity. Control requires specialized equipment and safety precautions.
Do not leave sweet drinks or meats in accessible areas. For example,
clean up and remove food and trash after picnics and outdoor events.
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)