Yellow Jacket Wasps

Quick Facts

Risk Factors

  • Family
  • Home
  • Pet


  • season Summer



0.2 - 0.75 inch

Inch Long



What do Yellow Jacket Wasps look like?

Yellow jackets have a distinctive thin defined waist and a body that is hairless. Their face and head are black and their body is usually patterned black and yellow. They have six legs, antennae, and elongated wings that fold laterally against their body when they are resting. Adult workers are slightly smaller than queens, and grow to be about 3/8th to 5/8th of an inch in length.

What are the signs of Yellow Jacket Wasps?

Yellow jackets can live in very large colonies that can contain up to 4,000 workers. The colony will build its numbers up all spring and summer and be at their peak in both numbers and activity level in the late summer and early fall. Yellow jackets create paper nests in the ground, under eaves, in attics, and behind wall voids.

Yellow jackets do help in the pollination of some plants and crops but are really beneficial in the fight against nuisance insects. Yellow jackets hunt and feed on a number of nuisance insects. They also like to feed on sweets and protein, making them a very common and dangerous unwanted guest at outdoor events.

What Damage do Yellow Jacket Wasps cause?

Yellow jackets often do not cause damage to your home. Sometimes, you might their nests in your attic or walls and they may chew through the drywall.

How do you prevent Yellow Jacket Wasps?

Stopping stinging insects like yellow jackets from choosing your property to nest on is a very difficult, if not impossible task. However, there are a few steps that you can take to help stop them from choosing your property:

  • Trim back trees and bushes from your home.
  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids and are placed away from the outside of your home.
  • Seal all cracks in your home’s foundation and exterior walls.
  • Caulk gaps around windows and doors.
  • Be sure that vent covers are secure and that caps are placed on all chimneys.

How do I get rid of Yellow Jacket Wasps?

Please do not attempt to remove yellow jacket wasps from your property. Instead, take preventative measures and call an exterminator to remove them.

Can Yellow Jacket Wasps hurt me?

Yellow jackets are a very dangerous stinging insect species to have nesting near or in your home. This species is very territorial, aggressive, and will sting a victim over and over again. The venom from a yellow jacket sting has the potential to cause a very significant allergic reaction in some people, in addition to being very painful.

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What to Expect when Suburban Exterminating Arrives

Suburban Exterminating can help to eliminate yellow jackets from your property; and because yellow jackets have the potential to sting multiple times and be very dangerous for some people. We recommend that only trained professionals who have the proper safety equipment handle and remove yellow jacket nests.

The technicians at Suburban have the experience, knowledge, and skill needed to successfully treat and control these pests through our residential pest control services. To learn more about our yellow jacket control services, contact Suburban Exterminating today!