As the Summer season rolls around and the weather gets warmer, yellow jackets become more and more of a problem. This means that the risk of being stung is higher than ever. It’s important to take as many precautions and possible in order to avoid unnecessary injury to you or a loved one.
When dealing with yellowjackets:
- Keep a vigilant eye when walking through forests, parks, or other outdoor environments. Yellow jacket nests are often constructed under the ground and are easily missed. By looking and listening for high levels of activity, you can spot nests before it’s too late.
- Wear thick, long-sleeved clothing in order to keep exposed skin to a minimum. Yellow jacket stingers are able to easily penetrate thin items of clothing such as t-shirts. Wearing full-length denim pants is an excellent method for minimizing possible stings.
- Place drink and food waste in covered garbage receptacles. Exposed trash often attracts hungry yellow jackets. Keep garbage and recycling bins away from eating areas whenever possible.
- Remain calm and still if approached by yellow jackets. Sudden movements, such as running or swatting, may cause yellow jackets to become aggressive. If a yellow jacket lands on you, move calmly and gently as you brush it away.
- Look closely before drinking from open beverage containers. Many drinks are high in sugar, making them very attractive to yellow jackets. A sting on the lips or mouth could be incredibly painful.
- Contact a professional pest control company before attempting to exterminate a yellow jacket nest. Yellow jackets are exceptionally aggressive when protecting their homes. Removing a nest is incredibly risky and could result in severe bodily harm if done incorrectly.
- Pour anything into the entrance of the nest. Pouring gasoline, bleach, or other chemicals into a yellow jacket nest is environmentally irresponsible and incredibly dangerous. Approaching a nest without the proper protective gear is unsafe and may result in being stung extensively. DIY extermination attempts often result in injury.
- Behave aggressively towards yellow jackets. Swatting at yellow jackets is very likely to encourage them to sting you.
- Kill yellow jackets by smashing them. This causes the dead yellow jackets to release a natural odor which attracts and aggravates other members of the nest. If this odor stains your hands or clothing, you may be at risk of being attacked.
- Allow children to play in the woods or any other poorly maintained areas. These locations are often home to yellow jacket nests. Always supervise outdoor activities during the Summer months.
- Wear bright colored clothing or strongly scented perfumes. These things are likely to entice yellow jackets. By wearing more muted colors and scents, you may reduce the risk of being approached.
While taking careful steps to avoid yellow jackets is highly important, the most effective measure is to seek out professional assistance. Pest Control has access to the specific knowledge and resources required for efficiently protecting you and your family.