- Latin Name: Vespinae
- Length: 12 – 19 mm
- Color: black and yellow, or black and white
How to get rid of Yellow Jackets?
To get a pest problem under control, inspection is the first and foremost step.
Yellowjacket or yellow-jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. Members of these genera are known simply as “wasps” in other English-speaking countries. Most of these are black-and-yellow; some are black-and-white (such as the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata), while others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, small size (similar to or slightly smaller or larger than a honey bee), their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. They are often mistakenly called “bees”. All females are capable of stinging. Yellowjackets are important predators of pest insects.
Wasp Pest Control
Keep these stinging pests from nesting on your home, decks, and porches for the entire summer with our A-Best process.
Due to their aggressive behavior, including stinging, many other insects exhibit mimicry of yellowjackets; in addition to numerous bees and wasps (Müllerian mimicry), the list includes some flies, moths, and beetles (Batesian mimicry).
Yellowjackets’ closest relatives, the hornets, closely resemble them but have a much bigger head, seen especially in the large distance from the eyes to the back of the head.