Summer is the time when stinging yellowjackets gain strength in numbers and ruin enjoyment of San Diego outdoor spaces. Yellowjacket control requires expertise and full body protection. Don’t risk your health trying to treat or remove nests yourself; do the right thing and call Thrasher Pest Control today to come and take care of it for you and your family. Here’s why:
Unlike honey bees, yellowjackets and other stinging wasps are capable of stinging repeatedly and will chase after you. This is why Thrasher Pest Control Technicians approach yellowjacket nests with caution and in full bee gear. The ground nests in San Diego are particularly troubling because they can easily go unnoticed. Children playing in the yard, or someone mowing a lawn may inadvertently disturb the nest and get attacked by these stinging pests. If you get too close to a yellowjacket nest, they will swarm and sting repeatedly!
Yellowjacket queens mate in the fall and spend the winter months overwintering in a protected spot, often in structural voids. When they emerge in the spring, the queens begin the tireless task of building a nest, populating it with offspring, and raising the first generation of her brood. Once these wasps reach adulthood, they are ready to take on the responsibilities that come with being called a worker: expanding and fixing the nest, helping rear subsequent broods, foraging for food, and protecting the colony against external threats. Adult yellowjackets are pollinators, searching for nectar and other sweets, but they also collect proteinaceous food like beetle grubs, which they bring back to the hive and feed to the larvae. Foraging yellowjackets have also been reported to take human food when it’s outside so keep your eyes open!