One of the most common reasons that people call pest control services is that they need wasp nest and bee removal. Among the most aggressive of these stinging creatures is the yellowjacket. They are quite common in Southwestern, Ontario and can be cause for concern, specifically for those with allergies to bee stings. This insect shares many of the same characteristics of its stinging cousins. However, it’s important to know that this pesky intruder is far-different from others like it.
What are Yellowjackets?
Yellowjackets (or yellow jackets) are a type of wasp. Some people confuse these insects with bees, but actually, they are quite different. While both are stinging insects, the bee actually looks “softer,” due to its furry body and legs.
The bee’s tail has yellow and black stripes (or sometimes white and black or red and black stripes) as does the wasp, but the wasp’s tail has a band that forms a pattern of sorts down the insect’s spine. Its body is broken up into segments, and typically, these bugs measure about 12 mm in length.
Yellowjacket Features at a Glance
- Hairless body, unlike the bee, which is furry
- Body divided into segments
- Yellow and black body with a pattern down its spine
- Is sometimes red and black or white and black
- About 12 mm long
The Female Yellowjacket
The female yellow jackets have the ability to sting. The yellow jacket’s sting is painful, but unless a person has a bee/ wasp allergy, it usually isn’t considered dangerous – most of the time.
What do Yellowjackets Eat?
Because yellowjackets eat a carnivorous diet, they have been known to love people food. This is why so many of them linger around picnics and trash cans.
However, in the absence of human food, they eat insects and sometimes fish and meats as well as sugars from fruit, juices, and nectars. These bugs are scavengers (unlike their wasp cousins, hornets and paper wasps). This is why they are seen so often around a picnic meal.
The Wasp’s Nests
These insects are cons